The meeting of the Temporary Investigative Commission of the Verkhovna Rada in Wagner mercenaries’ case at which the ex-head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine Vasyl Burba is to speak today, on September 24, was moved from the Verkhovna Rada to the building of the Main Directorate of Intelligence. MP Renat Kuzmin announced this on his Telegram page.
According to Kuzmin, at first, the head of the Temporary Investigative Commission, Mariana Bezuhla, said that the cabinet where the meeting was to be held had been discredited. That is, in her opinion, the MPs placed a wiretap there. After that, it was decided to continue the work at the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense.
According to the MP, there are three options for the further development of events: some of the members of the commission will not be allowed into the Main Directorate of Intelligence; some of members will not make it to the Main Directorate; Burba will refuse to give explanations. All of them will lead to the disruption of today's meeting.
As it was reported earlier, on July 29, 2020, Belarusian security forces detained more than three dozen militants of the Kremlin-controlled unofficial private military company Wagner, some of whom fought in the Donbas on the side of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.
Contrary to Ukraine's request for the extradition of these mercenaries, on August 14 Minsk decided to send them home.
In an interview with Russia 1 TV channel, Putin said that the special services of Ukraine and the United States were involved in the detention of 33 people from Wagner's detention center in Belarus.
On June 24, President Volodymyr Zelensky denied the involvement of Ukrainian special services in the preparation of an operation to detain the Wagnerians.
In turn, the Security Service of Ukraine has launched an investigation into the possible disruption of the operation to detain 33 militants due to the disclosure of data.
In July the Kyiv Shevchenkivskyi District Court ordered the State Bureau of Investigation to launch a pre-trial investigation into possible treason by Volodymyr Zelensky and his entourage over the disruption of an operation to detain Wagner's members.
Recently, journalists of the American TV channel CNN learned new details about last year's special operation of Ukraine to lure Wagnerians into a trap. It was the fighters of the so-called Wagner's PMC - an unofficial group whose representatives, according to media reports, participated as mercenaries in many armed conflicts, including in Donbas. They could be involved in the militant activity in Donbas and help investigate the downed Boeing-MH17.