The law enforcers have sufficient evidence proving that upon the orders from Russia, the suspects popularized the ideas of the so-called "Galician separatism," distributing material with appeals to economic and political separation of the Western Ukrainian regions. The organization’s leader personally prepared and published in the media articles in support of terrorist organizations “DPR” and “LPR,” as well as of the anti-Ukrainian policies of the Russian Federation in the international arena.
During searches, SBU operatives seized computer hardware with evidence of the organization leader’s online correspondence with his Russian supervisors and pro-Russian activists from Ukraine and beyond.
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