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Head of President’s Office testifies in Wagner mercenaries’ case

Source : 112 Ukraine

He noted that he reported law enforcement officers all the information he knew
15:20, 30 November 2021

Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak
Press service of Ukrainian President

Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak has visited the State Investigation Bureau (SIB) and testified in the Wagnergate case as he reported on Facebook.

He noted that he had told law enforcement officers all the information he knew.

"As a law-abiding citizen today at 8:30 I visited the State Bureau of Investigation. I testified in the case of the "Wagner” mercenaries. I provided all information known to me. I do not consider it is necessary to make a show out of this, so I did not call the cameras. But I think that it is extremely important for the investigation to establish the truth and set the record straight in this case”, - Yermak said.

Related: SBU interrogated ex Intelligence Directorate head Burba in Wagnerians case

Earlier, the Insider, together with Bellingcat, investigated the circumstances of the interception of the plane with the Wagner PMC militants.

The point is that more than 30 mercenaries from PMC "Wagner" were detained on July 29, 2020, near Minsk. Then the Belarusian law enforcement officers reported that the mercenaries allegedly arrived in the country with the aim of destabilizing the situation on the eve of the presidential elections. Two weeks after the arrest, the "Wagner” militants were returned to Russia, although Ukraine asked to extradite them to it. Subsequently, it turned out that the "Wagner” militants, some of whom took part in the battles in the Donbas, were going to be detained by the Ukrainian special services. But the operation fell through. According to some media reports, this happened after information leaks from the President's Office.

Related: Bellingcat accuses Zelensky of concealing truth on Wagner operation

However, the temporary commission of inquiry of the Verkhovna Rada, judging by the conclusions previously voiced by its chairman, MP from the "Servant of the People" Mariana Bezuhla, did not find the fault of Ukrainian officials in disrupting the operation. As well as confirmation that President Volodymyr Zelensky personally ordered the postponement of the operation.

Former head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense Vasyl Burba stated that on July 23, 2020 he received an instruction from the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak, to postpone the final stage of the operation to detain Wagner PMC militants.

 

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