Aleksey Arestovich, an advisor to the Ukrainian delegation in the trilateral contact group on resolving the situation in Donbass, believes that the interim commission of inquiry of the Verkhovna Rada will find the true culprits in the failure of the operation to detain mercenaries of the Russian private military company Wagner.
The fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, together with the former head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Vasily Burba, may be involved in disrupting the operation of the Ukrainian special services against the militants of the Russian private military company (PMC) Wagner. This opinion was expressed by the adviser to the Ukrainian delegation in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on resolving the situation in Donbass Alexey Arestovich in an interview Politeka March 1.
Arestovich believes that if a temporary Verkhovna Rada Commission of Inquiry, on the creation of which Poroshenko insists. then he and the former head of the Main Intelligence Directorate Vasily Burbu “may face a lot of unpleasant surprises.”
“They will find the true guilty, and the real guilty are the ones who shout the most. The thief’s hat is on fire,” Arestovich expressed his opinion.
According to him, Poroshenko initiated a special operation to capture the Wagnerites in 2018 and he “could have drained it.”
“So maybe yours were leaked, Pyotr Alekseevich. Because if the operation began in 2018, they could have drained his then president from the office of the president. He could have drained himself, anyone could have drained. And then the whole operation was under the control of the Russian special services.” – he suggested.
Arestovich doubted the very existence of this operation.
“If it was at all. Because we still do not know whether it was or not. This is a very muddy story. For me, there is practically no doubt that both Burba and Poroshenko are working together on this topic, trying to ram the Office of the President, his the head and the president himself, “said the adviser to the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG.
July 29 authorities Belarus reported the detention of 33 foreigners, members of a private military company. The Security Council of Belarus announced that a criminal case was opened against the detainees on the article on the preparation of terrorist attacks, later it was reported that they were suspected of preparing riots.
In an interview with the founder of the GORDON newspaper Dmitry Gordon, which aired on August 6, Alexander Lukashenko, who has been leading Belarus since 1994, said that he would hand over the detained militants to Ukraine if if Kiev proves their involvement in crimes in Donbass… Lukashenka instructed to invite the prosecutors general of Russia and Ukraine to the country to investigate the situation with the detained militants. On August 9, he said that since the prosecutors general did not come to Minsk, it means that they “don’t give a damn about these guys”.
Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine on August 12 applied to the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Belarus with requests for the extradition of 28 Wagnerians (nine of them are citizens of Ukraine), who actively participated in hostilities in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as part of the terrorist organizations “LPR” and “DPR”.
On August 14, it became known that the Belarusian authorities extradited the detained Wagnerites of Russia… Zelensky considered it an unfriendly step from Belarus. In his opinion, the consequences of the release of the mercenaries “will be tragic.”
The editor-in-chief of “Censor.NET” Yuri Butusov said on August 18 that the trip of the PMC “Wagner” fighters to Belarus was part of a special operation GUR of the Ministry of Defense and SBU: it was supposed to land a plane with mercenaries in Ukraine, and then detain them. According to Butusov, the special operation failed because of the decision of the head of the Office of President Andriy Yermak and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to postpone the departure of the militants from Minsk from July 25 to 30, as well as because of the information leak from Ukraine.
That information about the conduct of a special operation to detain the Wagnerites came to the Russian and Belarusian special services after meeting with Zelensky, which was attended, in addition to the heads of the Ukrainian special services, the heads of the President’s Office, said the ex-secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov. He, like the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko, noted that the special operation has been conducted since 2019.
Former head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Bogdan said that the operation to capture the mercenaries of PMC “Wagner” was ripped off by a man “from the very closest circle” of Zelensky.
In the SBU called this data “fantastic scenario”… The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense Kirill Budanov said that the soldiers of the Wagner PMC in Minsk transferred by Russian special services and it was not a special operation by the SBU.
Zelensky said that no “drain” of the special operation to detain There were no Wagnerians.
Ermak called a disinformation campaign version about the involvement of the SBU in the appearance of the Wagnerites in Minsk.