Counterintelligence officers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) have exposed a member of the tank battalion of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) terrorist organisation in the Joint Forces Operation area. He planned to secretly visit relatives in the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government.

According to the report, a resident of Lyman served in a tank battalion in the occupied village of Michuryne.

The SBU officers established the identity of the militant while he was trying to enter Ukraine from the territory of the Russian Federation. Now, he is cooperating with the investigation. He provided important testimony about the specific circumstances of the Russian armed aggression and Russia’s military support for the “DPR” militants.

In particular, the man told the SBU about the participation of Russian regular military in coordinating the actions of mercenaries, delivery tanks, and other military equipment from the Russian Federation. He also surrendered his passports issued by the “DPR” and the Russian Federation.

The SBU officers served the militant with a notice of charges under Part 1 of Article 258-3 (creation of a terrorist group or terrorist organisation) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The materials are being prepared for submission to the court.

Natalia Tolub

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