The security service noted that in the course of open criminal proceedings, law enforcement officers discovered accounts opened by the militant leader in Ukrainian banks containing sums of $550,000 and UAH 1.24 million. Currently, all debit transactions under these accounts have been suspended.

The SBU says it has established that the funds were being used to finance illegal armed groups of the Luhansk People’s Republic militant organization. The militants planned to carry out several sabotage operations against servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and civilians, the SBU said.

It said an investigation into the bank accounts is under way.