Ukrainian MFA reacts to extradition of Wagner PMC soldiers detained in Belarus to Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine will continue efforts to find and detain Russian mercenaries
23:12, 14 August 2020

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine took into account the decision of the Republic of Belarus to extradite 32 members of the Russian private military company ‘Wagner’. Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgen Yenin wrote about this on his Facebook page.

“The decision of the Belarusian side to return representatives of the so-called Freight One Wagner to the Russian Federation has been taken into account. The Ukrainian side (first of all, the central competent authority of Ukraine on extradition issues) has made due efforts to prosecute offenders suspected of committing serious crimes in Donbas. the connivance of the Russian Federation has so far managed to avoid criminal liability, but this is far from the end of the story," the diplomat said.

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According to the Deputy Minister, the Ukrainian side will continue its efforts to search, arrest and extradite offenders, including through Interpol channels.

In addition, Yenin recalled the principle of reciprocity, which often plays an important role in decision-making on international legal assistance and extradition.

“By the way, Belarus (as a bordering country with us) ranks second in the number of requests for legal assistance and extradition of all international partners of Ukraine,” he added.

As we reported before, 32 Russians detained in Belarus, who are believed to be members of the Wagner PMC, were extradited to their homeland

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