SBU blocks the mechanism of illegal passenger traffic from the so-called "LNR"
Employees of the Security Service of Ukraine blocked the mechanism of illegal passenger traffic from the temporarily occupied districts of Luhansk region to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities and in the opposite direction.
Within the framework of initiated criminal proceedings, the special service operatives established that resident of Luhansk who has a license of indefinite duration for international passenger traffic, issued in 2013, had organized illegal business. Later the attacker registered as a business entity, received permits in the so-called "Ministry of Transport of LNR".
In order to organize illegal traffic, he involved two residents of Kyiv. Buses with passengers headed towards Russia through the temporarily uncontrolled by Ukrainian government area of the state border and entered Ukraine through checkpoints.
Employees of the Security Service of Ukraine also documented the fact that the organizer provided material support to the illegal armed formations of the “LNR” terrorist organization. He, in particular, provided transportation vehicles for the transport of militants and paid "taxes and charges" to the budget of pseudo-state formation.
Law enforcers conducted authorized investigative actions in Kyiv in residential and non-residential premises and vehicles of persons involved in criminal proceeding. According to the results of the searches, documentation and other material evidence, confirming the involvement of offenders in the organization of illegal traffic, were seized.
Three accomplices of illegal scheme has been served a notice of suspicion of committing a crime provided for in Part 3 of Art. 332 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, arrest of a vehicle has been imposed, and the issue of choosing the preventive measures is being decided.
Investigative actions are ongoing.
The operation was conducted by the SBU officials involved into JFO and officers of the SBU Main Directorate of economic counter-intelligence protection of the State's economic interests under procedural supervision of the Prosecutor's Office of Donetsk region.
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