The searches of units of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Khmelnitsky, Odesa and Kherson oblasts and the seizure of microwave devices (klystrons), which are key elements of the anti-aircraft missile guidance system, have become a part of the investigation into Ukraine’s fifth president, Petro Poroshenko. The journalist Yury Butusov reported this.

According to him, the case was initiated by the Security Service military counterintelligence department, located in Vinnitsa, and the searches were conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation (DBR).

“The DBR is looking for compromising information on the previous leadership, Poroshenko and his team, in the defence procurement area. Where to find compromising material? In the purchase of spare parts in Russia. Klystrons for S-300 can be purchased only in Russia. This is a well-known problem. In 2014, the former director of the Poltava plant ‘Znamya’ Yuri Soloshenko was detained in Moscow while trying to buy klystrons for S-300 illegally. In 2016, he was set free in exchange. In general, searches and seizure of klystrons produce a guaranteed criminal case. After all, the purchase is illegal, the supply is illegal, the payment is in cash, there are no primary documents,” Butusov explained the investigators’ logic.

At the same time, the DBR and SBU did not take into account that the investigation would reveal the names of those who had bought klystrons in Russia, and these people would be detained by FSB, the journalist said.

“Law enforcement officers reached the point of absurdity in their attempts to hang something on Poroshenko. Well, the command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine wrote precisely: the investigators’ activity is a crime against Ukraine’s defensive ability. Is it possible to investigate this at all, to carry out seizure? Is it impossible to check the documents without publicity, to examine the situation precisely before starting?” – Butusov noted.

Natalia Tolub

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