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SBU says Russian Bloc party ex-leader helped Russian strike on Yavoriv training ground

The investigation found that Svystunov, in particular, helped the FSB recruit a strike adjuster for the Yavoriv training ground in March 2022. Then 35 people died and 134 were injured.

SBU says Russian Bloc party ex-leader helped Russian strike on Yavoriv training ground
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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported that it had collected evidence against Oleksandr Svystunov, the former leader of the banned Russian Bloc party, who is collaborating with Russia.

According to SBU counterintelligence, he helped the FSB find and recruit an agent who subsequently adjusted the Russian air attack on the Yavoriv training ground in March 2022.

In June 2022, the SBU detained the man who adjusted the attack in Lviv. He is a local resident, a former Soviet KGB officer, whom Svystunov had met while living in Lviv.

The adjustor is currently in custody, whereas Svystunov continues to carry out subversive activities against Ukraine from Crimea.

According to the investigation, Svystunov had been living in Lviv for a long time and, on the instructions of Russian special services, was involved in the creation of cells of a pro-Kremlin political party.

In 2013, he moved to Crimea, where he remained after its occupation and began to assist the invaders in the war against Ukraine.

While there, he publicly praises the Putin regime and Russian war crimes against the civilian population of Ukraine.

He regularly publishes pro-Kremlin posts on his Telegram channel, in which he justifies Russia's armed aggression and the seizure of part of Ukraine's territory.

In addition, he is a frequent guest on the air of the Russian-controlled "news agency" News Front, which the Russians created in Crimea to spread hostile propaganda.

Based on the collected evidence, the SBU investigators served the suspect a notice of suspicion in absentia under two articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine:

Part 1 of Article 111-2 (aiding the aggressor state); Parts 2 and 3 of Article 436-2 (justification, recognition as lawful, denial of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, glorification of its participants).

As Svystunov is hiding from justice in Crimea, comprehensive measures are being taken to bring him to justice for his crimes against Ukraine.

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