Ukrainian journalist Sharoiko detained in Belarus officially charged with espionage
Belarusian-based correspondent of UA: Ukrainian Radio and former UNIAN correspondent in Minsk, Ukrainian citizen Pavlo Sharoiko, who was detained in Belarus on October 25, has been officially indicted on charges of espionage, according to Belarus' BelaPAN media company.
BelaPAN said it had learnt this from official representative of the Belarusian KGB security service Dmitriy Pobyarzhin.
Read alsoSharoiko’s "spy case": Belarus KGB says Ukrainian monitored Russian military facilitiesAs UNIAN reported earlier, it became known on November 17 that the Belarusian KGB detained Sharoiko on October 25. According to Ukrainian Ambassador to Belarus Ihor Kizim, Sharoiko was accused of espionage and kept in custody at the KGB remand prison. The Belarusian security agency claimed that Sharoiko is a career staff employee of the Ukrainian intelligence service. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Department confirmed that Sharoiko had headed the department's media liaison office but he resigned in 2009 for health reasons.
Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin later said that recent attempts to detain Ukrainian citizens in Belarus and accuse them of espionage were absolute nonsense.