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Operatives of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine, involved in the Joint Forces Operation, have detained a former platoon commander of Russia-backed militants in Luhansk region.

"Law enforcers have established that a resident of the town of Sievierodonetsk joined illegal armed formations in 2014. Armed with a grenade launcher and a Kalashnikov automatic rifle, he took part in the attack on the Luhansk border detachment HQ and a local base of the National Guard of Ukraine. Being a platoon commander in the criminal group, he supervised militants at illegal checkpoints near the village of Metalist and in the vicinity of the city of Luhansk," the SBU's press center said.

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Operatives have detained a member of an illegal armed formation in Sievierodonetsk, where he had arrived on personal business.

The detainee was served with charge papers under Part 4 Article 260 of the Criminal Code and was imposed a pre-trial restraint in the form of detention.

The pre-trial investigation is underway.

"The operation to expose the criminal was conducted jointly with the police," the press center said.