Ukrainian security chief says battle against traitors, corruption, organized crime won't stop

1 February, 08:33 PM
Vasyl Malyuk (Photo:SBU/Facebook)

Vasyl Malyuk (Photo:SBU/Facebook)

The large-scale operational and investigative measures taken by the Ukraine's SBU security service on Feb. 1 are aimed at "fighting the internal enemy", acting head of the SBU Vasyl Malyuk has said, according to a post on the official Facebook page of the service.

"The SBU is attacking an internal enemy across the board," the message reads. The measures are aimed at all people who harm the Ukrainian security across a range of areas, in particular:

  • traitors of Ukraine and agents of Russian special services;
  • representatives of organized crime;
  • corrupt officials who undermine the country's economy and the functioning of the defense industry.

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Dozens of searches were conducted across all country on Feb. 1.

"We’re working on the task set to us by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and we have synchronised our actions within our global fight against the internal enemy. Mass searches, the submission of notices of suspicion, and the detention of various criminals are vivid evidence of it,” Malyuk said.

He explained it is only the first stage of "complex and systematic work" needed to be done and the SBU "isn't going to stop". The results of today's measures will be announced in the coming days.

Agents on Feb. 1 searched the homes of oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, former Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, MP Vadym Stolar, and representatives of the State Tax Service. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General's Office also issued notices of suspicion to three people involved in the Ukrainian army’s food procurement (including  two senior Defense Ministry officials).

Avakov claimed his house was searched in regard to the helicopter crash in Brovary and "nothing of interest to investigators" was found.

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