5 February 2019, 13:24



LPR court sentences resident to 13 years for abetting Ukrainian saboteurs

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LUGANSK, February 5 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic military court sentenced an Antratsit resident to 13 years in prison for supplying weapons and ammunition to Ukrainian saboteurs who had operated in the Republic’s territory.

LPR State Security Ministry officers detained Antratsit resident Valeriy Tarasyuk during an operation to detect and stop Ukrainian subversive operations in the Republic, the Ministry press service said.

“Tarasyuk who worked as a driver, was recruited by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) at the Mayorsk-Zaitsevo crossing point. He was nicknamed “Mechanic” and tasked with supplying goods and materials to Ukrainian saboteur groups in the Republic,” the press service said.

He repeatedly ferried weapons and ammunition disguised as household goods.

The Republic’s military court found Tarasyuk guilty of abetting a foreign state’s activity against the security of the Lugansk People’s Republic and sentenced to 13 years in jail under LPR Criminal Code article 335 (High Treason).

Cooperation with foreign secret services is prohibited in the LPR and punished by up to 20 years in prison with property confiscation.

The note to Article 335 (High Treason) and Article 336 (Espionage) states that a timely report on recruitment by a foreign secret service exempts from criminal responsibility.

The LPR State Security Ministry asks residents to report all illegal actions by Ukrainian servicemen, volunteer battalions, police or secret services by calling +38 (0642) 34-51-64, +38 (099) 562-89-02, +38 (072) 100-36-57 or writing to

LuganskMediaCentre — 05 February — Lugansk