Investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine transferred evidence for the criminal proceedings against Russian serviceman, Viktor Ageyev, and two separatist soldiers of the LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic) to the court.
"The investigation found that a Russian military serviceman joined the terrorist organization in March 2017, where he served as a machine gunner in a reconnaissance company. Two of his accomplices, residents of Alchevsk and Severodonetsk, were part of Dremov's gang and the so-called Platov Cossack regiment. In May 2017, as part of a subversive group, they arrived in the Novoaydars’kyi District, which is under Ukraine’s control. The sabotage group was discovered by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. During the arrest two of the separatists were killed on the spot," the Security Service report says.
The actions of the terrorists fall under Part 1 of Section 258-3 (creation of a terrorist group or terrorist organization) and Part 1 of Section 263 (illegal handling of weapons, ammunition, and explosives) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. These sections of the Criminal Code provide for prison sentences of 8 to 15 years.
On June 24th near the village of Zholobok in the Luhansk region, Ukrainian forces eliminated two and captured four saboteurs. Among the dead was the commander of the subversive reconnaissance group, Russian Officer, Alexander Shcherbak, and Ageyev was among the prisoners.
The fact that Viktor Ageyev was serving on a contract basis in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation was confirmed by him, his mother, his friends, and former co-workers. After a compulsory service, he remained in the army under a contract that he signed in March 2017. Four days later he was sent to the Donbas.
The Russian Defense Ministry formally renounced Ageyev, claiming that he was not on duty.