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Police detain 53 criminal rings in six months

The top-five regions include Kyiv, the regions of Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Poltava and Odesa.

Police detain 53 criminal rings in six months
Vadym Troyan

The criminal investigation department of the National Police has detained 53 organised criminal rings over the first half a year, Deputy Interior Minister Vadym Troyan has said.

Police detained 200 ring members responsible for about 800 crime.

The top-five regions in terms of organised criminal rings are Kyiv, 9, Dnipropetrovsk Region, 8, Lviv and Poltava regions, 7 each, and Odesa Region, 6.

"The closed cases included two premeditated murders, 11 extortion cases, 16 car thefts, 43 robberies, 53 hold-ups, 125 thefts, and 248 cases of fraud," Troyan said.

He expressed regret courts often release criminals or place them under house arrest.

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