The State Bureau of Investigation did not turn and did not planned to turn to the Russian Federation for legal assistance in the criminal proceedings of Ukrainian ships' passing in the Kerch Strait in November 2018. The official website of the Bureau published a reply to the European Solidarity political party.
"The information about condition of the pre-trial investigation of the mentioned proceedings is disclosed only officially on behalf of the SBI and by the method under the article No. 222 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Dissemination of false information may harm the process and results of the pre-trial investigation. Due to this we urge politicians not to spread the false facts and stop discreditation regarding the State Bureau of Investigation," reads the message.
The institution reminded that it was carrying out the pre-trial inquiry in the criminal proceedings relating to the possible illegal actions of the officials which held or hold position of responsibility in the state bodies of Ukraine during organization of the passing of Ukrainian ships through the Kerch Strait in November 2018.