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Skripal poisoning suspect, who helped Yanukovych flee in 2014, identified in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Minister Avakov claims a suspect in the Skripal case, working for Russian military intelligence, is identified in Ukraine as a man who helped ex-Ukrainian president run off to Russia in 2014
18:22, 2 October 2018

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An officer of Russia's GRU suspected in the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripals in Salisbury and involved in the transportation of ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to Russia in 2014 was recognized in Ukraine. Arsen Avakov, the Interior Minister of Ukraine claimed this during the meeting with British Security Minister Ben Wallace as the press service of the Ukrainian ministry reported.

“Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that one of the participants in the attack in Salisbury, an officer of the GRU of the Russian Federation, had been identified in Ukraine as complicit in the extraction of Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine,” as said in a statement.

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Chairman of the National Police Serhiy Knyazev noted that taking into account the experience of the Russian aggression in Ukraine; the police enhance the fight against the cyber crimes and criminal analysis.

"We are under aggression of the Russian Federation and it influences the work of the National Police. Taking into account this experience, we develop two important directions: cyber-police and criminal analysis SOCTA for the counter-action of organized crime," Knyazev noted.

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In his turn, Wallace claimed that the actions of Russia in Crimea, Donbas, and Salisbury can happen again in any country.

"We highly appreciate our cooperation with Ukraine, the country, which is the forefront of the fight against the cyber-attacks and hybrid war. The illegal annexation of Crimea, attack in Salisbury and cyber-attacks all over the world show that it can take place anywhere else," he said.

Earlier Serhiy Kanev, former reporter of the Center for Investigation Management, who took part in the investigation of The Insider and Bellingcat against the suspects of poisoning Skripal, claimed that Anatoliy Chepiga (Ruslan Boshirov), one of the suspects of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripals, lead the operation for transportation of the former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to Russia in 2014. 

Related: British intelligence identifies suspect in Skripal case

The Crown Prosecution Service of the U.K. called the names of the suspects in the poisoning of the ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia as Evening Standard reported. The police suspected Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, accused of the conspiracy with the aim to kill Sergey Skripal, attempted murder of the ex-intelligence agent, Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey, in use and possession of “Novichok” against the chemical weapons act, infliction of the bodily harm.

Earlier the police of United Kingdom declare that they have identified perpetrators of the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.

Related: EU approves new sanctions list due to Skripals' case

As it was reported earlier, one of the suspects of poisoning Sergei Skripal in British Salisbury, Russian Ruslan Boshirov turned out to be Colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Russia (GRU) Anatoliy Chepiga.

In 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded him the title of Hero of Russia for his participation in the peacekeeping mission. According to The Insider, it can probably be the hostilities in Ukraine.

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