Belarus asks Ukraine to check detained Russian Wagner PMC members' criminal record

18:00, 30 July 2020
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Acting chief of the Ukrainian Embassy, Petro Vrublevsky, has met with Belarusian Minister for Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei, the embassy reports.

"The Belarusian side informed about the situation around the detention of Russian militants and appealed to the Ukrainian side to verify the involvement of the detainees in committing crimes in Ukraine," the embassy noted.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on July 29, Belarus law enforcement detained 32 Russian militants with the PMC Wagner just outside Minsk and another individual in the south of the country.

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Media reports said among them were those who had fought against Ukraine government forces in Donbas.

According to law enforcement, they had been tipped about the arrival of more than 200 militants to destabilize the country during the election campaign.

Each Russian man had small hand luggage on them, while the group was also spotted loading into a vehicle three large heavy suitcases.

Belarusian authorities state the detainees are part of Russia's private military company Wagner.

A criminal case has been launched. The group members are charged with plotting an act of terror and being interrogated.

The Security Service of Ukraine announced that they would initiate the issue of extradition of militants detained in Belarus.

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