SBU investigates possible involvement of Russian military in providing weapons to Savchenko

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is investigating the possibility that Russian servicemen were involved in the transfer of weapons to the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, Nadiya Savchenko, stated the head of the Security Service, Vasyl Hrytsak, 112 Ukraine TV channel reports. He added that the Savchenko’s case will be transferred to the court within a few months. Hrytsak noted that it will be investigated within a reasonable time frame.

The alleged weapons transfer is part of the larger issue of Savchenko’s arrest on March 23 for allegedly preparing an attack and assassination attempt against the country’s top leadership, including the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. The investigation suggested that the Deputy condoned preparations for the attack and wanted to commit it in the Verkhovna Rada using grenades and small arms.

The Deputy herself called these accusations “nonsense” and declared a hunger strike. Her sister, Vira Savchenko said that Nadiya had lost 17 kg.

On Friday, May 11, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, said during his speech at the Ostroh 2018 Forum in Rivne Oblast that Ukrainian law enforcement officials identified names and posts of colonels from Russia who transferred weapons to Savchenko to commit an attack in the center of Kyiv. Lutsenko added that Ukrainian law enforcement officials know their real names, “cover names” and ranks.

“We are confronted by more than forty thousand armed separatists and the thousands officers of the Russian army that manage them; I state this officially,” he said.

  Nadiya Savchenko

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