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SSU Apprehended a Russian Federation Citizen - a Coordinator of Separatist Actions in Luhansk region
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7 April 2014

April 5, 2014, at the ‘Krasna Talovka’ border check point (Luhansk region) the SSU jointly with the border officers detained a Russian citizen Bannykh Roman Serhiiovych, who was trying to cross the national border of Ukraine in order to organize and coordinate separatist actions in Luhansk.

R. Bannykh, DOB 1985, registered at the address of a military unit 13204 which is a part of the Main Intelligence Department of the Russian Federation Armed Forces General Staff, organized and coordinated the activities of subversive groups in Ukraine from Russia. These conspiratorial groups were intended to overthrow the constitutional order, take-over the government, commit terrorist acts, incite separatism and destabilize the situation in the eastern regions of our country.

This year in early March, a Russian citizen V. Nehriienko and Ukrainian citizens M. Chumachenko, V. Ivanov and O. Holovin – four members of one of such groups that carried out special tasks aimed at organizing of a covert anti-state campaign in Donetsk region were apprehended by the SSU officers in Donetsk for organizing of mass events in order to overthrow the constitutional order, spread anti-state propaganda among the population, trigger radical actions and capture government buildings. The SSU launched a criminal proceeding for the illegal actions of the above-mentioned persons under Part 3 Article 15, Part 1 Article 294, Part 1 Article 263, Part 1 Article 109 and Part 1 Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. All four of them are keeping in custody.

As informed previously, V. Nehriienko organized underground cells, attempted to involve the MIA special task force officers into illegal activities as well as provided extremists with weapons and explosives. He coordinated his actions with R. Bannykh that is confirmed by wiretapped telephone calls between them, during which they were discussing the details of meeting ‘Russian tourists’ and the ammunition of provocateurs under the guise of pro-Russian demonstrators.  

The Security Service of Ukraine investigates Nehriienko’s preparations for explosions in crowded places. During his detention on March 10, 2014, explosive with shrapnel and electrical detonators were found on him. The day before, his associate Roman Bannykh tried to cross the Ukrainian border, but our border officers denied his entry into the country.

According to the available information, Bannykh’s another attempt to come to Ukraine is connected with the subversive plans in Luhansk region, in particular organization of mass protests on April 6, 2014.

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