Ukraine SBU blocks Russian special services' attempt to meddle into presidential elections
The SBU Security Service of Ukraine has blocked an attempt of Russian special services to meddle into the presidential elections in Ukraine.
A resident of the city of Dnipro has spread information in social networks with public calls to redraw Ukraine's state border. The man was in contact with a resident of the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don by e-mail. The latter supervised his work and set a task of spreading fake news about the situation in Ukraine, particularly in the political and religious spheres, the SBU's press center said.
After the start of the election campaign in Ukraine, the Russian gave his subordinates materials smearing presidential candidates, who were touring of Dnipropetrovsk region, for further distribution. The investigators charged another two residents of the region with the similar crimes.
In addition, a Russian citizen was looking for Ukrainians who possess a pellet or air gun for their further involvement in rallies and riots during the elections in Ukraine.
The investigators opened criminal proceedings against the Ukrainian accomplices of the Russians under the article "Encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine." Pretrial investigation is under way.