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SBU identifies three “telephone terrorists” in different regions of Ukraine

SBU officers exposed three persons who knowingly reported fake terrorists threats in different regions of Ukraine.

In Zaporizzhya region, law enforcers detained a resident of the regional centre who on hooligan motives informed about mining of a local culture centre. A resident of Odessa decided to have fun in the same way, having reported about the mining of one of the local supermarkets.

No explosive devices or substances were detected in the course of thorough examination of the indicated places and adjacent territories. Criminal proceedings were initiated for both facts of illegal activities. The “terrorist” from Odesa was served a notice of suspicion in committing the crime stipulated by Part 1 Article 259 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

SBU officers involved in the Joint Forces ​​Operation unveiled another “telephone terrorist” in Luhansk region; the offender has also been engaged in selling military means of destruction.

Law enforcers identified a resident of Lysychansk who threatened to commit terrorist acts in public places of the town. Upon examination, the information about the explosives was not confirmed; meanwhile, during the search of the residence of the “miner” the law enforcers found explosion initiation units and materials for producing improvised explosive devices. The criminal received a notice of suspicion within the criminal proceeding initiated under Part 1 Art. 263 and Part 1 Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The information about the criminal’s possible affiliation to militants of the so-called “LNR” illegal armed groups as well as his involvement in other crimes is being checked.

Please note - such “amusements” are punishable by imprisonment for two to six years. For a repeated calling offence, the offender can be sentenced to a jail term from four to eight years.

“Telephone terrorists” will also have to compensate the losses incurred by state and commercial institutions due to their unlawful actions.


SBU Press Centre


For the Attention of the SBU Head





Zhydkov Dmytro Mykhailovych
Shevchenko Daniil Borysovych
Yatsenko Viktor Viacheslavovych

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