Smuggling of components to air defense missile systems stopped in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The illicit activity was organized by a former worker of one of the state defense plants
13:43, 27 July 2021

Ukraine's Security Service

The military goods owned by state export control had to be illegally transferred from Ukraine overseas as the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported.

“The counterintelligence of the SBU prevented the illicit export from Ukraine of components for air defense missile systems,” the message says.

The employees of the special service established that the illicit activity was organized by a former worker of one of the state defense plants. He involved a few acquaintances from Kyiv and Zhytomyr regions.

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The accomplices set a mechanism of illicit appropriation of military property, including components for air defense missile systems of small and long-range, as well as construction documentation for this weapon.

The law enforcers exposed one of the members of the group during the transfer of six military weapons to Kyiv.

During the searches at the place of residence and temporary stay of the perpetrators, the law enforcers found documents that confirm the illicit activity and components to air defense missile systems.

The seized items were sent for expert study.

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The SBU investigators have started the criminal proceeding due to the state treason, violation of the order of holding of international handover of the goods subject to state export control and stealing, appropriation, extortion by a military man of weapon, ammunition, explosive and other warfare agents, means of transportation, military, and special equipment or other property and its appropriation through fraud or abuse of power.

The pretrial investigation continues to establish all circumstances of the crime and prosecution of the citizens involved in it.

As we reported, the smugglers tried to transport spare parts of the Mil Mi-24 attack helicopter from Ukraine to Russia. Investigations on the crime circumstances are still being carried out. The organizer of the smuggling has been notified of the suspicion. He is currently in custody and faces up to three years in prison.

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