Security Service of Ukraine announced the suspicion of collaboration, the spokesman for the SSU in Kharkiv region Vladyslav Abdula reported.

The suspects are residents of Izyum aged 30 to 40. According to investigators, three residents cooperated with the occupiers during the city’s occupation. As a result, they obtained positions in the local pro-Kremlin law enforcement agency “Izium Police Department of Kharkiv Region”.

One became a security officer, the other a district police officer, and the third a temporary detention center officer of the occupiers.

Law enforcement officers found that the three suspects broke into residents’ homes, kidnapped people, conducted illegal searches, falsified criminal cases, and illegally deprived people of their liberty until August 2022.

On the eve of the de-occupation, the suspects fled with Russian troops and are currently hiding in non-government-controlled territories.

The article under which the suspects are charged, part 7 of Article 111-1 (collaboration) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, provides for imprisonment for a term of 12 to 15 years with disqualification to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for a term of ten to fifteen years and with or without confiscation of property.

See also

  • Moscow Patriarchate priest from Kharkiv Region who blessed Russian guard was notified of suspicion. During the occupation, the man was actively engaged in the propaganda of the Russian world, raised money for the Russian army, and blessed them with “good deeds.”
  • Law enforcement identifies two Russian military looters. The suspected grenade launchers of the howitzer-artillery division were on contract service during the occupation. While serving in Izyum, they stole almost 2 kilograms of gold from a well-known Ukrainian jewellery store in late April 2022.
  • Russian military committed about 14,500 war crimes in Kharkiv Oblast. Currently, prosecutors are providing procedural guidance regarding nearly 14,500 crimes involving violations of the laws and customs of war (Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine), which are being examined by investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine and the police.