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Ukrainian prosecutor's office to study Bellingcat materials on special operation to detain Wagner fighters

Source : 112 Ukraine

The second part will be released later, Bellingcat says
16:10, 18 November 2021

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Ukrainian investigators will study the materials presented in the Bellingcat report, which was published on November 17. Prosecutor general Iryna Venedyktova declared that, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

"There is an investigation, it is being conducted, what other interrogations will be conducted by the investigation, I think it would be better for you to ask the SBI directly. We have prescribed a fairly large list in our prosecutorial instructions," the prosecutor general told reporters in Kyiv on Thursday. It was her reply to the question of Interfax-Ukraine whether the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies will study the materials of the investigation in the framework of the criminal case and whether Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak will be re-interrogated.

On November 17, The Insider together with Bellingcat investigated the circumstances of the interception of the plane with Wagner PMC's militants. As it was reported earlier, more than 30 mercenaries from Wagner's detention center were detained on July 29, 2020 near Minsk. At the time, Belarusian law enforcement officials reported that mercenaries had allegedly arrived in the country to destabilize the situation ahead of the presidential election. Two weeks after the Wagnerians were detained, they were returned to Russia, although Ukraine requested extradition. Later it turned out that the "Wagnerians", some of whom took part in the Donbas conflict, were going to detain the Ukrainian special services. But the operation failed. According to a number of media outlets, this happened after the leak from the President's Office.

However, the Temporary Commission of Inquiry of the Verkhovna Rada, judging by the conclusions previously voiced by its chairman, Servant of the People political party MP Mariana Bezuhla found no fault of Ukrainian officials in disrupting the operation. As well as confirmation that President Volodymyr Zelensky personally ordered to postpone the operation.

The first part of the published investigation is called Landing of valkyries and relates to the process of preparation of the operation. The second part, as Bellingcat assures, will be released later.

Related: The data and the dossier: Validating the "Wagnergate" operation

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