A colonel of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, on the instructions of a former serviceman of the State Border Service, illegally exported weapons and ammunition from the area of the Joint Forces Operation in Eastern Ukraine.
Another suspect was also reportedly arrested.
This was reported in a statement by the State Bureau of Investigation of Ukraine.
As established by the investigation, the ammunition and weapons were stolen by a former border guard during his service in 2015-2017, and was stored in a garage rented by him in Severodonetsk.
“In September 2019, during a search (while the suspect was trying to export the items), almost 6,000 5.45 mm rounds of ammunition, more than 4,000 7.62 mm rounds of ammunition, 4 RPG-26 grenades, 1 RPG-22 anti-tank grenade were seized in the suspect’s official’s government-provided vehicle. In addition, 5 unified fuses for hand grenades, 5 RGD-5 grenades and an F-1 grenade more were discovered,” the investigative committee’s report said.
Both defendants were informed about suspicion of illegal handling of ammunition (part 1 of article 263 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). Now they will have a criminal case opened against them.
Urgent investigative actions are ongoing to identify possible buyers of ammunition and other persons involved in the illegal scheme.
In case of proof of guilt, the suspects face punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 3 to 7 years.
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