Photo from UNIAN, Vladyslav Musienko

Semen Semenchenko, a former lawmaker who has already been charged with illegally creating a private military company to the detriment of Ukraine's national interests, is now under investigation by the SBU Security Service for allegedly masterminding an attack on the 112 TV channel's headquarters in Kyiv amid the 2019 parliamentary election campaign.

Read also"Illegal PMC" exposed in Ukraine, SBU saysDetectives investigating the shelling of a pro-Russian TV channel's HQ from a grenade launcher, which brought no casualties but caused a stir in Russian media space, believe Semenchenko had hired two members of his armed group for the job, the SBU press service reports.

Today, the SBU said it had pressed terrorism charges against Semenchenko.

"The terrorist attack was exploited by the aggressor state in their hybrid war against our country," the SBU's statement says.

Semenchenko's PMC case

  • On March 24, the SBU said its operatives had exposed and terminated the activity of an illegal armed group, or a "private military company."
  • The Security Service believes the armed group was engaged in "grave crimes, including against the foundations of national security."
  • Semen Semenchenko was among those accused of setting up the illegal group.