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Company commander caught trying to steal two Mi-8 engines

He was detained by the SBU.

Company commander caught trying to steal two Mi-8 engines
Photo: ssu.gov.ua

Servicemen of the military intelligence of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has prevented the theft of two aviation engines from a military unit in Kyiv Region.

The SBU said on its website that its operatives learnt about a guard company commander looking for "clients" to sell two Mi-8 helicopter engines to. Acting through intermediaries, he offered them for 400,000 hryvnyas (14,270 dollars). Their market price is a dozen times higher.

The SBU said there were Russians among potential buyers.

The officer was caught when a lorry he ordered for the engines was leaving his military unit.

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