The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has opened 16,643 criminal proceedings over treason and terrorism since 2014, Chief of SBU Ivan Bakanov announced after the National Security and Defence Council meeting.

“Any crime against statehood is not just a violation of the Criminal Code. It is an attempt to undermine our country. Therefore, we need to pay special attention to assessing the scale of such threats and to give an appropriate response,” the SBU chief said.

According to him, almost the entire array of such crimes is related to the occupation and aggression of the Russian Federation.

In particular, the high-profile cases include the artillery shelling of the residential district of Mariupol town and a highway in 2015; detention of a former employee of the Cabinet of Ministers, whom the court found guilty of subversive activities in favour of the Russian Federation; conviction of an agent who provided Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate with data on repair and modernisation of military equipment, etc.

The SBU also is conducting a pre-trial investigation into a large-scale and multi-level case over the launch and conduct of an aggressive war against Ukraine by the Russian Federation. It was as part of this crime that the Security Service served Russian high-ranking officials with notices of charges. In particular, Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Andrei Kartapolov was served with a notice of charges in February this year.

Moreover, the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in 2014 by terrorists is important for the entire civilised world. As a result, 298 people died in the sky over the Donetsk region. The SBU investigators took part in the activities of the international Joint Investigation Team. All collected files were handed over to the law enforcement officers of the Netherlands. The criminal case is currently being considered by the District Court of The Hague.

Natalia Tolub

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