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Ukrainian security service foils plot to incite riots in Kyiv

They arrested the provocateurs. They planned to incite riots in Kyiv.
They arrested the provocateurs. They planned to incite riots in Kyiv.
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Mateusz Czmiel

1 July 2024 12:01

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced that they had detained a group of provocateurs who planned to incite riots in the capital city. This was intended to occur immediately after the celebration of Constitution Day. The group was led by the co-founder of a non-governmental organization known for its anti-Ukrainian activities since 2015.

The statement published on Telegram indicates that the provocateurs, under the guise of organizing a "rally," aimed to announce the "removal from power" of the current military and political authorities of Ukraine. Their plan involved taking over the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, and blocking its activities.

They planned to gather a large number of people

The SBU reported that the provocateurs planned to gather a significant number of people in central Kyiv under a false pretext. They then intended to provoke the assembled individuals into rioting and "spread information about (alleged) disturbances in Kyiv through domestic and foreign news channels."

The main organizer planned to involve several accomplices. These included representatives of non-governmental organizations from Kyiv, Dnipro, and other regions of Ukraine, who communicated with each other "for conspiratorial purposes" and met in small groups of three.

They face 10 years in prison

During searches conducted by the SBU in the apartments of the detained provocateurs, numerous pieces of evidence of their criminal activities were found. Among them were weapons and ammunition, mobile phones, computer equipment, and recordings documenting their actions.

Currently, an investigation is underway to determine the crime's circumstances and bring the perpetrators to justice. If convicted, they face up to 10 years in prison and the confiscation of property.

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