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.