Criminal proceedings have been initiated against Ukrainian MP from the ruling political party, Oleksiy Kovalov, who has admitted to collaborating with the Russian invaders, Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) said in a Telegram messenger post on June 8.
Earlier on June 8, Kovalov wrote on Facebook that Russia would stay "seriously and forever" in Kherson Oblast, as well as that "the closest integration with Russia is already taking place."
The Servant of the People Party, to which Kovalov belongs, has confirmed to Liga.net media outlet that the Facebook account indeed belongs to Kovalov.
"The enterprises under his control supply food products to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea with the subsequent sale in Russia, as well as importing fuel and lubricants from the occupied Crimea to Kherson Oblast," the SBI said.
It noted that the lawmaker provides accommodation to invading Russian troops at a sanatorium under his control that is located in the town of Hola Prystan in Kherson Oblast.
Servant of the People Party spokeswoman Yulia Paliychuk said in a Telegram messenger post that party members would submit a motion to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, to recall Kovalov's mandate in accordance with current legislation.
"Traitors and collaborators cannot represent Ukrainians in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine," she said.
"They must bear full responsibility to the Ukrainian people for cooperating with the enemy, and be punished with all the severity of the law."
Earlier on June 3, Kovalov was expelled from the Servant of the People's parliament faction.
Previously, Paliychuk announced that Kovalov had left for the temporarily occupied territory of Kherson Oblast. She said that the MP was cooperating with the Russian invaders and was not involved in the national resistance to Russian aggression.