Russian Aggression in Ukraine: Russia's top government and military officials declared suspects in Kyiv

18:19 Aug. 22, 2016

Russia's top government and military officials declared suspects in Kyiv

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) watch a military exericises at Kamenka polygon on March 3, 2014 near Saint Petersburg, Russia (Getty Images)

18 persons, including Russian Defence Minister Shoigu, are wanted for crimes against Ukraine's national security

Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine served with charges 18 top government and military authorities of the Russian Federation.

Speaking at a press briefing in Kyiv on Monday, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko informed that the notice of suspicion was served on August 8.

The list of officials includes an advisor to the Russian president Sergei Glazyev, former authorised representative of the Russian president in the so-called ‘Crimean Federal District' Oleg Belaventsev, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, two of his Deputies, and ten other high-ranking military officials.

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According to the Prosecutor General, all the suspects are put on the wanted list as they are suspected of "particularly grave crimes against Ukraine's national and public security, peace and international order."

Lutsenko added that the summons papers were sent to the Russian suspects via international courier service and email, along with the official notice of suspicion and information about their rights.


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