SSU investigates militants who captured Soledar and tried to break through to Kupiansk

The SSU has collected evidence on another six traitors who fought against Ukraine’s Defence Forces on the eastern front.

The perpetrators were members of the regular russian army and took part in assaults on the AFU positions in Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

In spring this year, Ukrainian defenders took these militants prisoner. Three of them were captured during the battles on Pokrovsk direction.

Other militants were detained when they tried to break through to Kupiansk and to gain foothold near Soledar.

One of them is a traitor from the temporarily occupied Crimea. Earlier this year, he came to a military enlistment office in moscow and joined the russian army.

The man was enrolled in the 2nd motorized rifle division. After a short training course near Voronezh, he was sent to the front line.

As a rifleman, he was involved in human wave attacks on Kupiansk direction.

Another three traitors are from the temporarily occupied parts of Donetsk region. At the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion, they joined the 9th separate marine regiment of the russian army.

The ‘marines’ took part in capturing Soledar and set up fortifications and firing points near Maryinka.

Two more militants are natives of the temporarily occupied part of Luhansk region who joined russia’s 123rd separate motorized rifle brigade.

They guarded the military staffs of the russian occupation groupings’ command and were involved in attacks on Berestove village, Donetsk region.

SSU investigators have served the detainees notices of suspicion under two Articles of the CCU:

  • 111.1, 111.2 (high treason);
  • 111-1.7 (collaboration).

The suspects face 15 years in prison to life imprisonment.

The investigations were carried out by the SSU Offices in Poltava, Donetsk and Luhansk regions under the procedural supervision of the regional prosecutor’s offices.