Arsen Avakov: I call on the people of Belarus to take seriously the provocation by the Russian mercenaries from the Private Military Company “Wagner”
The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov said that the law enforcement authorities of Ukraine will pass on information to their Belarusian colleagues that confirms the criminal activities of the Private Military Company “Wagner” militants on the territory of Ukraine.
The Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs emphasized that he regards the information about the detention of militants from the Russian private military company "Wagner" near Minsk as an extremely dangerous precedent, indicating the intention to commit a foreign intervention in the domestic affairs of independent Belarus.
“This is a very dangerous situation - when 33 foreign mercenaries who shed blood and staged armed provocations in Syria, Sudan, Libya and the Ukrainian Donbass, deploy their base 1.5 km from the residence of the President of the country,” - the Minister of Internal Affairs emphasized.
"According to our sources, the Wagner’s mercenaries, who officially checked out from the hotel and allegedly went to the airport to leave the country, have settled on a special base near Minsk, not far from the residence of President Lukashenko. So, it is, obviously, some kind of special services’ operation, obviously, of Russian Federation ", - the Minister said.
“I appeal to the friendly Belarusian people to take this provocation seriously. We, Ukrainians, have received too much grief and victims from the actions of Russian provocateurs and terrorists, including the mercenaries from the Private Military Company “Wagner” in Ukraine in 2014.
The representatives of this company fought and raged not only in Syria, Sudan and Libya, but in our Donbas. The mercenaries killed, tortured and maimed the defenders of Ukraine, including near Donetsk, in Slavyansk and Horlivka. The National Police of Ukraine is investigating a number of criminal cases on these crimes, including ones with the participation of these mercenaries, who were detained on the territory of the Republic of Belarus.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and other law enforcement agencies of Ukraine have a sufficient amount of materials on these crimes. The entire array of information will be passed on to the Belarusian side. We hope that this will help independent Belarus to protect itself from the threat of terrorism and sabotage actions of the mercenaries from Private Military Company “Wagner”.
Ukraine is also interested in extraditing to our territory a number of mercenaries detained in Belarus who have committed crimes in Ukraine. The competent authorities of Belarus have been informed about this, "the Minister of Internal Affairs said.
The Minister also stressed that he have held a number of consultations on interaction with the official representatives of the Republic of Belarus.
“We regard the instability and tension in Belarus as a situation that threatens Ukraine as well. In our country, too, everything started with the “green men” (Russian servicemen) and “they are not there” (Russian neologism, which indicates Russian servicemen, the presence of which is officially denied by Russia) and then the units of Gyrkyn, Bezler and others who started in Ukraine a hybrid war, which took tens of thousands of lives, which has been going on for over six years.
We stand for an independent, successful Belarus! ", - the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov stressed.