Former SBU head faces treason trial
Oleksandr Yakymenko organizes mass repressions in the occupied part of Kherson region, he is now wanted (Photo:SBU)
Oleksandr Yakymenko, who helmed Ukraine’s SBU security service under former president Viktor Yanukovych, will be tried for high treason, over his involvement in repressions in Russia-occupied areas of Kherson Oblast, SBU said in a Telegram post on March 31.
“Since 2014, the former official has been hiding in Russia, and at the beginning of the full-scale invasion, he helped the invaders in the war against Ukraine,” the message says.
“In particular, he was appointed head of ‘state security service in Kherson Oblast’ established by the aggressor (Russia). In this position, he helps Moscow to spread (the influence of) the Kremlin regime and suppress (Ukrainian) resistance in the region.”
The SBU claims that Yakymenko is responsible for organizing mass persecution, abduction, and torture of Kherson residents. Illegally detained Ukrainian citizens are starved, shocked with electric current, and forced to endure mock executions by firing squad.
“This way, they are trying to ‘beat out’ a confession out of you, that you assist (Ukriane’s) Defense Forces, and after that they offer you an ‘amnesty’ for money,” the message reads.
The SBU further alleges that Yakymenko personally recruited eight people who are directly involved in torture of civilians.
On March 20, Ukrainian intelligence reported that Russian collaborator Serhiy Moskalenko, who ran torture chambers in Kherson Oblast, was eliminated.
Ukrainian ombudsman Dmytro Lubynets earlier said that law enforcement discovered two torture chambers in liberated Kherson City, where Russian occupation authorities held dozens of people.
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