SBU reports it prevented assassination attempt on Interior Minister

21:32, 11 September 2015
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The SBU Security Service of Ukraine together with the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office prevented an assassination attempt on Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov and a series of other assassinations in Kyiv and Kharkiv, the SBU press secretary Olena Hytlianska said. 

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Law enforcement agents have carried out a special operation on exposing a criminal group that has been preparing assassination attacks on high-ranking police officers, MPs, businessmen and volunteers.

One of the group founders – leader of Slobozhanshchyna battalion - was arrested in Kharkiv today.

The investigation is being conducted in the framework of criminal proceedings under Article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (premeditated murder). Searches are carried out in places of deployment of the unit the suspect belongs to and of his residence.

A source in the Prosecutor's Office told UNIAN that the arrested man is a police captain. Measures are being taken to arrest other group members. The source informed that the attackers were also plotting the murder of people's deputy, Azov battalion commander Andriy Biletsky.

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