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Ukraine’s parliament supports interim report on Wagner operation

Source : 112 Ukraine

The temporary commission of inquiry established that the law enforcement agencies and the Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine did everything necessary to extradite the detained mercenaries from the territory of the Republic of Belarus
12:21, 30 November 2021

Verkhovna Rada
The Verkhovna Rada

The Verkhovna Rada supported the interim report of the temporary commission of inquiry on the Wagner militants case. 251 MPs voted “for”.

You can watch the online broadcasting of the plenary meeting HERE.

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Now, it will be sent to the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), and the State Bureau of Investigation (SIB).

"The temporary commission of inquiry established that the law enforcement agencies and the Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine did everything necessary to extradite the detained mercenaries from the territory of the Republic of Belarus, but the preparation of the relevant documents for extradition began after the mercenaries were detained in the Republic of Belarus, which led to a loss of time and could negatively to influence the results of extradition attempts within the framework of international legal cooperation mechanisms to bring these persons to justice,” the document says.

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Moreover, the temporary commission notes the unsatisfactory work of law enforcement agencies in the investigation of criminal proceedings.

Regarding the events near the city of Ilovaisk in the Donetsk region from July to August 2014 and the events related to the preparation and conduct of the Debaltseve operation, the temporary commission established that the leadership of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the Ilovaisk tragedy systematically opposed and blocked the work of the previous commission of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on this issue, despite the repeated appeals of the previous commission to the former president of Ukraine.

We remind that the chairman of the temporary commission of inquiry is the Servant of the People MP Mariana Bezuhla.

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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.

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.

 

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