The SBU reports that in several regions of Ukraine, an interregional criminal group has been neutralized, which organized illegal “trafficking” for potential recruits to the South Caucasus or to the EU countries through the territory of the Russian Federation.

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The “price of the issue”, according to the SBU, ranged from $2,500 to $8,000 per client. For this money, the attackers promised to take the dodgers to the temporarily occupied Crimea through the Zaporozhye region, and then along the Crimean bridge to the Russian Federation.

To do this, the attackers established contact with a staff member of the border division of the FSB of the Russian Federation, the department said. It was he who, for money, was supposed to ensure the unimpeded crossing of the Russian border by deviators.

Anonymous messengers were used to communicate with a representative of the enemy intelligence service.

The SBU neutralized a criminal group that offered evaders to leave for Russia - photo

According to the investigation, another route proposed by the defendants ran through the border areas of the Sumy region. For the illegal transfer of conscripts, it was planned to use detours outside the checkpoints.

The SBU neutralized a criminal group that offered evaders to leave for Russia - photo

Another channel of illegal migration passed through the western regions of Ukraine. To implement it, the attackers promised to register their clients as drivers of agro-industrial enterprises transporting agricultural products to the EU, the security service noted.

Employees of the SBU documented the fact of criminal actions, including the transfer of money to the attackers for the covert removal of two dodgers to the European Union.

More than 20 searches were carried out at the locations of the members of the group in Zaporozhye, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Lvov and Chernivtsi regions. Material evidence of criminal activity was found, in particular mobile phones that were used in communication with the enemy.

The SBU neutralized a criminal group that offered evaders to leave for Russia - photo

Six members of the criminal group were reported on suspicion of organizing the illegal transfer of persons across the state border of Ukraine. The issue of choosing a measure of restraint in the form of detention is being decided.

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Vadim Rebrina

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