Belarus Special Service attempted to recruit Ukrainian citizen

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is reported that they demanded of Ukrainian to provide information about military installations in the border areas
16:50, 25 April 2018

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Ukraine’s Security Service recorded an attempt to recruit a Ukrainian citizen by the Special Services of the Republic of Belarus. This was reported by the SBU press service.

As it is reported, the target of recruiters was a Chernihiv region resident who was visiting his relatives in Belarus. During one of his trips, law enforcements detained him for allegedly violating the rules of trade, after which representatives of the KGB of Belarus met with him and threatened him with criminal prosecution, demanding from him to give information about military facilities located on the border territories. He was to pass all the data he had to Belarus special services during his regular visits to Belarus.

Having returned to Ukraine, the man immediately appealed to Ukraine’s SBU and provided all the necessary evidence regarding the circumstances of the attempted recruitment and tasks.

Related: Detained in Belarus journalist Sharoyko charged with espionage, - media

According to Art. 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, high treason is punished by the imprisonment for up to 15 years. But taking into account the fact that a Ukrainian citizen did not fulfil the task of foreign special services and voluntarily informed law enforcement officers about the attempted recruitment, the court released him.

As it was reported earlier, Pavlo Sharoyko, a reporter for Ukrainian Radio, was detained in Belarus, as CEO of National Television Company of Ukraine Zurab Alasania wrote on Facebook.

Moreover, Belarus announced the advisor of Ukrainian Embassy in Minsk Ihor Skvortsov persona non-grata due to the detention of the Ukrainian Radio's special correspondent Pavlo Sharoyko. 

Related: Ukraine’s Sharoyko gathered data on Russian military objects in Belarus, - Belarusian KGB

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