The chairman of TSK Rada from “Servant of the people” named the reason of failure of special operation with “Wagner”
According to Bezugla, it was planned that the plane with the militants would arrive in Turkey, after which Kyiv would apply for their extradition to Ukraine.“Wagner” fought against Ukraine in Donbass / photo REUTERS
The Temporary Commission of Inquiry (TEC) of the Verkhovna Rada to investigate the failure of a special operation to detain Wagnerians in Ukraine found no evidence of its failure through the fault of Ukrainian special services or the political leadership of the state.
According to an UNIAN correspondent, this was reported to journalists by the head of TSK Mariana Bezugla.
She said that the meeting of the commission is still ongoing and that it can disclose only a small part of the information that is not classified.
At the same time, Bezugla answered journalists’ questions rather confusedly, often contradicting herself.
According to her, the statement of former President Petro Poroshenko that he personally gave the order to conduct this special operation is not true. She argued that during Poroshenko’s presidency, the secret services were only collecting information about the Wagnerians, and the special operation to detain them was planned in July 2020.
The operation, Bezugla noted, was planned by the Central Intelligence Agency of the Ministry of Defense. There were several scenarios for its implementation, including landing a plane from Belarus with Wagnerians on board in Ukraine, either forcibly or using a legend that someone on board was ill. However, this scenario was abandoned because it carried many foreign policy risks for Ukraine.
They focused on the scenario that when the plane with the “Wagnerians” lands in Turkey, after that Ukraine appeals to this country with a request to extradite passengers.
Bezugla also stressed that the decision to cancel the special operation in Ukraine was not made by anyone. Instead, it was decided to postpone it. Journalists have not been able to find out what this means from the TSC chairman. At the same time, she insists that the disruption of the special operation was due to the fact that the special services of Russia and Belarus learned about Ukraine’s plans for the Wagnerians, and that is why they were detained in Belarus by the country’s services.
Bezugla also added that someone from Ukraine, who knew about this special operation, leaked it to the Russians at the stage of gathering information about the “Wagnerians” – the passengers of the plane.
She also said that the special operation was planned only by Ukraine, without informing the special services of other countries.
Speaking about the role of President Volodymyr Zelensky, Bezugla noted that he did not personally lead the operation, but was aware that it was planned. However, the decision to postpone it was made not by Zelensky, but by the leadership of the Central Intelligence Agency.
She also added that the TSC will ask law enforcement agencies to investigate who could have informed the Russian secret services about this special operation.
At the same time, opposition deputies complained to journalists that the TSC did not want to hear from two intelligence officers who were directly involved in planning the special operation.
They are currently waiting in the corridor to be invited and given the floor.
Also, TSK was not interested in the opinion of the then head of the Central Intelligence Agency Vasyl Burba.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on September 10, Roman Kostenko, a deputy from the Voice faction, said that opposition deputies were not allowed to attend a meeting of the TSC on the Wagnerians, but only their colleagues from the People’s Servant were there.
Special operation with “Wagnerians” – UNIAN reference
On July 29, 2020, militants from Wagner’s detention center were detained in Belarus, 32 near Minsk, and another in the south of the country. Among them were those who fought against Ukraine in the Donbas. At the time, Belarusian law enforcement officials said they had received information about the arrival of more than 200 militants to destabilize the situation during the election campaign. Belarus then appealed to the Ukrainian authorities to verify the involvement of detainees in the crimes committed in Ukraine.
On August 11, the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine sent requests to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus for the extradition of 28 militants. All 28 people, including 9 citizens of Ukraine, are suspected of involvement in a terrorist organization.
On August 14, Belarus extradited 32 detained Wagnerians to Russia.
On August 18, Censor editor-in-chief Yuriy Butusov, citing his own sources, said that the situation with the appearance of Wagner’s militants in Belarus was allegedly part of a secret operation by the SBU and the Ukrainian Defense Ministry to detain them.
In turn, the OP, the Foreign Intelligence Service and the SBU denied this information.
On September 15, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said that law enforcement officers were investigating three cases concerning the situation with the Wagnerians.
On May 19, 2021, the Verkhovna Rada established the TSC to investigate possible illegal actions of government officials and others who could contribute to the violation of state sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, pose a threat to Ukraine’s national security.