Official statement of the Security Service of Ukraine
The Security Service of Ukraine officially states: reports from the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and its affiliated deputies of Ukraine regarding the involvement of the Security Service of Ukraine into interception of a candidate for President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi is a deliberate dissemination of false information in order to discredit Ukrainian special service.
Moreover, in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, before the "loud disclosure" it was known that on March 4, 2019 at the address of Str. Biloruska, 26 the officers of the Security Service of Ukraine conducted operational and technical measures that were carried out on the basis of the decision of the Kyiv Court of Appeal and in agreement with the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine in respect of a person reasonably suspected by the SBU CI in the high treason (Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).
This resulted in to the deciphering of operational and technical measures and the disruption of the operation to document the criminal activity in the interests of Russian special services. The MIA leadership knowingly published video and photo of special equipment, disclosed the forms and methods of the SBU officials work, than deliberately allowed the flow of restricted information, hurted the national interests of the state. The State Bureau of Investigations of Ukraine initiated criminal proceedings under this fact on March 6, 2019.
"In the framework of the powers granted and in accordance with the procedure established by the laws of Ukraine, I am ready to give the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs access to the materials of this case. This will enable them to personally ensure that the materials relate solely to documenting the fact of a high treason by a particular citizen of Ukraine and that they have nothing to do with V. Zelenskyi or with any other politician. If they had the conscience to accuse the Service, they would find the courage to learn the truth, and then refute their groundless statements and to apologize to the public and the SBU officials", - said the SBU Head V.Hrytsak.
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