SBU finishes pretrial investigation of 132 "officials" in self-proclaimed DPR/LPR
Ukraine's SBU Security Agents in Luhansk and Donetsk regions during 2017 completed pretrial investigations involving 132 "military and bureaucracy" officials working for the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics.
"Among the persons charged by the SBU with committing crimes against Ukraine's national security, 35 of the so-called high ranking officials included 'ministers,' 'deputy ministers,' 'deputies,' 'bank heads,' 'district administration heads' and commanders of militants and armed military units," the SBU said in Kyiv on Tuesday.
SBU agents in Donetsk region sent to court incriminating evidence against the head of the Sparta militant group nicknamed Zhoga, who replaced assassinated Russian citizen Motorola as head of the unit. Zhoga sold fish before assuming command of the unit.
Pretrial investigations into "emergencies," "tax collection and revenues," "foreign minister," "justice minister," "transportation," "culture" ministries, as well as "head of the republic central bank" and other so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) officials were also completed.
Similar pretrial investigations into so-called Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) officials were conducted.
"So-called DPR/LPR officials were accused of committing crimes pursuant to Part 1 of Article 258-3 and Part 2 of Article 258-5 of Ukraine's Criminal Code. The suspects in absentia were informed and put on the wanted list. The trial in absentia process will be employed in these cases. Measures to document anti-government activities of other so-called officials from these self-proclaimed republics continue," the statement said.