Special operation to detain the Wagnerites. Butusov was summoned to testify to the temporary investigative commission of the Verkhovna Rada

“I was officially invited to testify to the temporary investigative commission of the Verkhovna Rada to investigate the failure of the special operation to detain Russian terrorists – the Wagnerites. The meeting will take place today at 18.00,” Butusov said.

The journalist said that he would definitely come and give evidence.

“I will give you all the information I know that will allow to establish the reasons for the failure of the special operation, the leakage of information from the office of the President of Ukraine and the rescue of 28 Russian terrorists from justice. I plan to inform the commission of new evidence that became known to me. Since I am not a secret carrier, I hope that the commission will ensure the presence of journalists and the publicity of my testimony, as is customary in NATO countries during parliamentary investigations and hearing unclassified information, “Butusov said.

Context:

Authorities of Belarus on July 29, 2020 reported the detention of 33 foreignersbelonging to the private military company “Wagner”. The Security Council of Belarus announced that a criminal case was opened against the detainees on the article on the preparation of terrorist attacks, later it was reported that they were suspected of preparing riots.

Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine on August 12 appealed to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus with requests for the extradition of 28 Wagnerites (nine of them are citizens of Ukraine) who actively participated in the war in Donbass as part of the “LPR” and “DPR”, but the Belarusian authorities extradited the detained Wagnerites of Russia… President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky considered it an unfriendly step from Belarus.

Butusov said on August 18 that the trip of the Wagner PMC fighters to Belarus was part of a special operation Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the SBU: it was supposed to land a plane with mercenaries in Ukraine, and then detain them. According to Butusov, the special operation failed because of the decision of Yermak and Zelensky to postpone the departure of the militants from Minsk from July 25 to July 30, as well as because of the information leak from Ukraine.

That information about the conduct of a special operation to detain the Wagnerites came to the Russian and Belarusian special services after meeting with Zelensky, which was attended, in addition to the heads of the Ukrainian special services, the heads of the President’s Office, said the ex-secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov. He, like the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko, noted that the special operation has been conducted since 2019.

In the SBU called this data “fantastic scenario”… The head of the GUR said that the soldiers of the Wagner PMC in Minsk transferred by Russian special services and it was not a special operation by the SBU.

Zelensky said that no “drain” of the special operation to detain There were no Wagnerians.

On September 7, the American television channel CNN announced that The United States knew and could support the Ukrainian special operation on the arrest of 33 members of the PMC “Wagner”.

12-th of September head of the temporary investigative commission of the Verkhovna Rada to investigate the actions of officials against the sovereignty of Ukraine, People’s Deputy from “Servant of the People” Maryana Bezuglaya held a briefing and spoke about the first conclusions of the commission. She stated that since 2014 work was carried out to document information about the persons involved in the Russian aggression against Ukraine, in 2018 the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense began to study Russian private military companies and collect information about their members who could have participated in the war in Donbass, and in July 2020, the Security Service of Ukraine proposed the GUR, using documented information, “try to pull out” some of the persons who participated in the hostilities in the Donbass, from the territory of the Russian Federation to the territory of Ukraine. Thus, a “special event” was started. She stated that VSK insists on this very term.

Also, according to Bezugla, it was a purely Ukrainian “special event”, other countries or foreign special services did not participate in its planning. She noted that, according to the main scenarioIt was planned that the Wagnerians would fly to Turkey, where they would be detained, as they go through the databases in connection with their participation in the war in Syria. Landing the plane in Ukraine was among the additional scenarios.

Of 33 people one was an agent of the Belarusian special services, said Bezuglaya. She also said that eight were citizens of Ukraine, 17 were related to the Wagner PMC, and 28 participated in hostilities in Donbass.

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