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UKRAINE: Treason and collaboration with the Russian occupying forces

About cases of collaboration with the Russian occupying forces and of treason

By Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers

HRWF (20.06.2022) – On 13 May, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Irina Venediktova declared that 5,360 cases of treason and collaboration had already been opened in Ukraine. More concrete cases of suspicions and indictments have been made public by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine in the first two weeks of June.

 

The suspects are Ukrainian informers sharing military information with the Russian occupying forces, active collaborators of the Russification process in the recently occupied territories, including mayors, local pro-Russian Ukrainians elected in city councils and even in the national parliament.

 

According to the Ministry of Justice, collaboration with the enemy in Ukraine is considered to be:

  • participation in hostilities on the side of the aggressor state,
  • active cooperation with the occupation authorities,
  • organization of elections in the temporarily occupied territories,
  • public denial of Russia’s armed aggression,
  • calls for the overthrow of the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The law criminalizing collaborationism came into force in mid-March. It prescribes terms of up to 15 years and life imprisonment.

 

In Odessa region, the SBU exposed a pro-Russian Internet agitator

A supporter of Russian aggression, who publicly justified the armed invasion of Ukraine and supported the actions of the occupiers, was exposed by SBU officers in the Odessa region.

According to the department, a resident of the village of Velikodolinskoye, Odessa district, distributed materials in social networks banned in Ukraine that glorified the Russian invaders.

In his publications and posts, a supporter of Russia promoted the ideas of the “Russian world”, discredited the Armed Forces of Ukraine and openly supported Russia’s war on Ukraine.

After inspecting the propagandist’s mobile phone and computer, law enforcement officers found materials that contained evidence of his illegal activities.

He was informed of suspicion of committing a crime under Part 2 of Art. 436-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (justification, recognition of lawful or denial of armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, glorification of its participants) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Source: Dumskaya (10 June).

 

A border guard from the Rivne region informing Russia about officers of the Ukrainian National Guard is suspected of treason

A border guard from the Rivne region is suspected of transmitting information to the Russian Federation about high-ranking officers of the National Guard of Ukraine for their liquidation.

According to the Office of the Prosecutor General, the suspect, working in the recruitment group of the border detachment of the State Border Service of Ukraine, was recruited and cooperated with a reserve officer of the Armed Forces of the occupying state.

He collected and transmitted personal information about the selection of candidates for military service in the border detachment. In 2020-2021, the border guard gave another ex-military occupier country information about high-ranking officers of the National Guard of Ukraine, according to the investigation – for their further elimination.

The defendant was informed of suspicion of high treason (Part 1 of Art. 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). Source: Dumskaya (7 June)

 

The head of the occupation administration of Skadovsk and his deputy charged with collaborationism

A Russian citizen who has been living in Skadovsk for a long time has been heading the occupation district administration since the occupation of the city by Russian troops.

He was informed of suspicion of encroaching on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and collaborationism (Part 3 of Art. 110, Part 5 of Art. 111-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

This is reported by the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.

A citizen of Ukraine, who voluntarily took the post of First Deputy of the Occupation District Administration of Skadovsk, is also charged with collaborationism with the Russian occupation forces.

According to the investigation, the suspects actively support the occupation authorities and push local residents to cooperate with the occupying forces. Source: Dumskaya (17 June).

 

The deputy of the Mariupol City Council charged with treason

Law enforcement officers reported suspicion to a deputy of the Mariupol City Council, who cooperated with the Russian invaders on her own initiative.

According to the Office of the Prosecutor General, she is charged with treason committed under martial law (Part 2 of Art. 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

From February 24, 2022, the deputy of the City Council freely took the initiative to cooperate with the troops of the Russian Federation to ensure the activities of the occupation “administration” of the aggressor state on the territory of Mariupol, according to the investigation.

Together with the Russian management forces of the city and a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, she distributed literature of the Ministry of Education of the aggressor country in schools in order to promote the Russian ideology among the local population.

“Having taken the pseudo-position of the “head of the Department of Culture of the Mariupol City Administration”, the suspect organizes cultural events in order to form an opinion among the population and the world community about the legality of the activities of the so-called “DPR,” the Office of the Prosecutor General notes. Source: Dumskaya (10 June)

 

A teacher from Zhytomyr will be tried for collaborationism

A Ukrainian language teacher of one of Zhytomyr’s schools will appear in court on charges of collaborationism (Part 1 of Art. 111-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

According to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, the investigation established that during a meeting of the association of Ukrainian language teachers, the accused convinced her colleagues that there was not a war in Ukraine, but a “special operation” of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, which provide assistance to the “brotherly” people.

The accused also claimed that the Ukrainian media misinform the population about the consequences of the occupation in cities and villages. In particular, calling the shootings of civilians in Bucha staged plots.

The indictment against the teacher has been brought to court. Source: Dumskaya (17 June).

 

The former head of the Kherson Regional State Administration of Yanukovych’s time is suspected of high treason

The former head of the Kherson regional administration is suspected of high treason.

“Under the procedural leadership of the Kherson Regional Prosecutor’s Office, the ex-chairman of the Kherson Regional State Administration, who held a position from 2010 to 2014, was informed of suspicion of high treason (Part 2 of Art. 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine),” the message of the Office of the Prosecutor General reads.

The investigation found out that he transferred goods, fuel and building materials to the Russian occupiers. He also placed enemy equipment on the territory of the enterprise under his control.

The Office of the Prosecutor General does not specify the name of the defendant, but it is known that from June 2010 to March 2014 the region was headed by Nikolai Kostyak.

Pre-trial investigation of criminal proceedings is carried out by the investigative Departments of the SBU in Kherson region. Source: Dumskaya (7 June)

 

Are there traitors in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church?

 

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church/ Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) is often accused of collaboration with the enemy in Ukraine. What is the reality?

On 30 May 2022, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy held special hearings at which MPs discussed threats to national security posed by religious organizations “having governing centres on the territory of the aggressor state”. The Rada’s website reported that “the event was attended by MPs of Ukraine, representatives of ministries and departments, members of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations, representatives of regional state (military) administrations, regional, city, district, village and town councils, public and religious organizations, academic institutions, experts in the field of freedom of conscience, and the public”.

In its report, the Rada Committee said: “As of today the National Police of Ukraine have registered five criminal proceedings against religious collaborators, of which only one case was sent to court – against a priest on the fact of public denial of military aggression against Ukraine, public calls to support decisions and actions of Russia under Part 1 Article 111-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (“High treason”).”

The UOC-MP complains that the authors of bills aiming at banning their Church cite fakes as evidence of such collaboration. In particular, MP Natalia Pipa cited two such false reports about Archpriest Mikhail Pavlushenko and Hieromonk Onufry in the explanatory note to her bill #7213 for the ban of the UOC-MP.

The detention of Archpriest Mikhail Pavlushenko was in fact a misunderstanding. A downed Russian helicopter crashed right behind his house near Gostomel, and he simply went out to find out if his help was needed. Having sorted out the situation, law enforcement officers let the priest go home without bringing any charges.

 

Second, the incident with the “priest Onufriy” on March 16 was commented by the Kyiv Metropolis as follows: “There is no Hieromonk Onufriy, who was born Sergey Tarasov, in the staff of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.”

 

Some reports on the collaborative activities of priests turn out to be skillfully made fakes, says the Union Orthodox Journalists (UOJ) in an article posted on its website: “For example, Father Viktor Talko of Borodianka, the rector of the Archangel Michael Church, was slandered in almost every media outlet, but it later turned out that far from being a collaborator, he helped the residents of Borodianka in many ways: he sheltered them in the church, fed them, helped them evacuate and held the last rites over fallen Ukrainian soldiers and civilians.”

 

After the liberation of Borodianka, the priest was taken to the SBU and released after six days of interrogation without bringing any charge.

The UOC-MP is said to have more than a hundred bishops, 255 monasteries, dozens of educational institutions, and more than 12,000 communities throughout Ukraine. Finally, more than 12.500 thousand priests.

“An elementary calculation shows that 5 priests out of 12 500 is 0.04% of the total number and if we consider that only one cleric of the UOC was brought to court, the percentage becomes negligible, the UOJ concludes.

Photo: A teacher being tried for denying Russian aggression and calling the war crimes in Bucha Ukrainian propaganda. Source





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UKRAINE: There are pro-Russian traitors in Ukraine: 15 years in prison

There are pro-Russian traitors in Ukraine: they are punishable by 15 years in prison

By Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers

HRWF (29.04.2022) – For two months the Ukrainian population has surprised the world by its resistance to the Russian invasion, the intense awareness of its national identity beyond its linguistic and religious diversity, its consolidated unity and its collective resilience. Before 24 February, there were in Ukraine pro-Russian political activists and naïve Soviet-minded people nostalgic of a late chimeric Soviet period. With the brutal aggression and invasion of Ukraine by President Vladimir Putin, most of them have realized how they were lucky to live in a democratic country instead of a dictatorial Russia and have opted for the defense of their lands and their identity. However, a number of them have decided not to make that psychological, spiritual and political conversion and actively support the aggressors of Ukraine.

 

A warehouse with spare parts for tanks worth one and a half million dollars was found in Kharkiv: the parts were supposed to go to the occupiers

In Kharkiv, the SBU exposed a hidden warehouse of tank spare parts intended for the occupiers. There were 19 tank engines in the underground storage, as well as other components for armored vehicles.

This is reported to the SBU.

The total value of the identified property is about one and a half million dollars. It is sufficient to repair half of the tank battalion.

The SBU established that the hiding place was equipped by a 61-year-old Kharkiv citizen. He conspired with employees of local enterprises of the military-industrial complex and organized the hijacking and accumulation of 5TDFA tank engines.

According to the SBU, these power units were planned to be transferred to the Russian occupation troops in case of their entry into Kharkiv. Russian T-64 tanks are still equipped with engines of this modification. Source: Dumskaya, (28.04.2022)

 

A rally in support of the occupiers: a deputy of the Kherson City Council is suspected of collaboration

 

A deputy of the Kherson City Council from the “Saldo Block” party is suspected of collaboration.

According to the Office of the Prosecutor General, the man organized a rally in support of the occupiers, created an illegal public organization that justified the crimes of the enemy.

According to some investigation, the member of the City Council of Kherson, a city currently occupied by the Russians, recorded a video message for the Internet edition of the Russian Federation. He called on the locals to lay down their arms and stop resisting. He also became the organizer of and a participant in a pro-Russian rally which was broadcast in the Russian media and social networks.

The suspect announced the creation of an illegal group called the Committee for the Salvation of Kherson Region “For Peace and Order”. During the meeting of this committee, the participants supported the actions of the occupation administration of the aggressor state.

The member of the Kherson City Council is suspected of collaboration with the aggressor country. He faces up to 15 years in prison or life imprisonment with or without confiscation of property.

 

Noteworthy is that on April 26, the occupation authorities of Kherson appointed “chairman of the regional administration” and “chairman of the city administration”. These fake positions were accepted by collaborators Vladimir Saldo and Alexander Kobets. Source: Dumskaya, 28.04.2022)

 

A pro-Russian Ukrainian defector in 2014 now a Russian POW in Ukraine sentenced to 14 years for high treason

A former serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who in 2014 refused to comply with the order of redeployment from Crimea to Ukraine, and on February 25 returned to Ukraine with the army of occupiers, was sentenced to treason for 14 years.

According to the Office of the Prosecutor General, the former Ukrainian serviceman changed his oath in 2014, refusing to comply with the order to redeploy the military unit from the peninsula and entered service in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. Eight years later, on February 25, 2022, he returned to the territory of Ukraine as part of the occupation troops, which entered the city of Novaya Kakhovka, Kherson region.

In particular, he and two other former Ukrainian military were captured as part of the artillery division of the 126th Separate Guards Brigade of the Coastal Defense of the Russian Federation.

The defendant was found guilty of treason and desertion (Article 408, Art. 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). The court sentenced him to 14 years in prison.

In the trial against the second former serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the parties proceeded to a debate. Trial of the third has not yet been scheduled. (Source; Dumskaya, 27.02.2022)

 

Theroboronovets, head of the territorial community, user of Odnoklassniki, – the SBU neutralized enemy agents

The Security Service of Ukraine neutralized agents of the Russian Federation who collected intelligence about the defense lines of Ukrainian troops and the deployment of aircraft of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

According to the press center of the special service, among the detainees are the chairman of the territorial community, an official of the defense facility and agents, who were also recruited through social networks.

 

In Zhytomyr region, an official of the defense facility was exposed. According to the investigation, he collected classified information about Ukrainian combat aircraft and the infrastructure of the Air Force. He passed the collected data to the invaders through his brother and former classmate who cooperated with the Russian special services on the territory of Russia.

 

Another suspect of high treason was detained in the Dnipropetrovsk region. The SBU claims that Russian curators instructed him to join the ranks of the Dnieper defense. There he had to collect data on the personnel and weapons of Ukrainian defenders.

 

In the Nikolaev areaSBU employees detained the chairman of one of the united territorial communities. According to the intelligence service, he gave the occupiers information about the location of the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the territory of the Voznesensky district.

 

A resident of the Chernihiv region voluntarily decided to cooperate with the aggressor country during the occupation, according to the SBU. The man was collecting information about the deployment of the positions of Ukrainian defenders in the suburbs. The Russian army used the obtained data to carry out rocket attacks.

 

In Khmelnitsky, a woman was recruited by the special services of Russia through the social network “Odnoklassniki.” For money, she passed them on sensitive information about local military and other strategic facilities.

 

Such activities lead to the death of Ukrainian civilians and the destruction of Ukrainian defence facilities against the invader. They are considered acts of high treason. (Source: Dumskaya, 27.04.2022)

 

Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine about acts of high treason states that ‘an act willfully committed by a citizen of Ukraine in the detriment of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability, defense capability, and state, economic or information security of Ukraine: joining the enemy at the time of martial law or armed conflict, espionage, assistance in subversive activities against Ukraine provided to a foreign state, a foreign organization or their representatives, shall be punishable by imprisonment for a term of ten to fifteen years.

Photo credits: Dumskaya


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