KHARKIV OBLAST, UKRAINE, May 8 —  The Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office issued a notice of suspicion of collaboration to a resident of Balakliia, Kharkiv region. 

According to law enforcement, the woman publicly denied the fact of Russia’s armed aggression during the occupation of the settlement. She allegedly tried to convince her friends to join the Russians and claimed that life was better under their regime.

After the deoccupation, the woman stayed in Balakliia. Law enforcement officers issued her a notice of suspicion.

According to police, 639 people in the Kharkiv region are suspected of collaboration and treason.

Since September 7, 2022, investigators have opened 8,931 criminal proceedings in the deoccupied territories of Ukraine for crimes related to the Russian invasion; 905 of them were investigating instances of collaborationism.

Editor’s Note: Under the Criminal Code of Ukraine, to issue a notice of suspicion (or to notify about suspicion) means to inform a person they are a suspect in an investigation, in person (with a document), remotely (via phone call), or in absentia. The notice of suspicion doesn’t mean the person is guilty; guilt can only be established by a court after investigations and hearings.

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