Invading Russian soldiers stole almost UAH 3 million (just over U.S. $100,000) from an Ukrposhta post office in Melitopol in early April, the Director General of Ukrposhta Ihor Smiliansky said in Ukrainian television on April 17.
According to him, the stolen money had been intended for the payment of pensions, social benefits and wages.
“Such an unpleasant task, but there it is: We’re negotiating with the invaders for them to return these funds,” Smiliansky said. “Last month, we paid 95% of pensions in Melitopol, and will do everything to make it the same this month.”
Soldiers of Russian Armed Forces in the occupied Melitopol stole almost UAH 3 million from the Ukrposhta branch on April 5, Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has since reported.
Under the procedural guidance of the Prosecutor's Office of Zaporizhzhia Region, criminal proceedings were initiated on the fact of violation of the laws and customs of war (Chapter 1, Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).
The pre-trial investigation into criminal proceedings is being carried out by investigators from Ukraine’s SBU security service office in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.