The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) summoned Russian defence minister Sergey Shoygu to Mariupol for questioning and served him with notice of criminal charges of creating and heading illegal armed formations.
According to the SSU website, the notice of charges is planned to be served within the case opened in 2014. Shoygu is to appear before an investigator in Mariupol on 20 July.
As a reminder, Sergey Shoygu has been the Russian defence minister since 2012. In May 2021, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine served the minister’s adviser with notice of charges. He is suspected of aiding and abetting the occupation of Crimea, as well as inciting Ukrainian marines to treason in 2014.
Shoygu himself was served with notice of charges of crimes against Ukraine’s national security in 2016. The charges concern encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine, plotting and preparing an aggressive war, creating a terrorist group, and financing terrorism.