In Ukraine, the judge of the Central district court of Nikolaev arrested Russian servicemen Maxim Odintsov and Alexander Baranov, detained by the security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on November 20, on the border of Crimea and Kherson region of Ukraine, informs “Gromadske radio” with reference to the first Deputy military Prosecutor of the southern region of Ukraine Petro Voznyuk.
The court also determined the amount of the Deposit. For younger Sergeant Alexander Baranov appointed a security Deposit of 350 thousand UAH for the warrant officer Maxim Odintsov – 250 thousand hryvnias.
As the channel “112 Ukraine”, the SBU intends to challenge the possibility of the release of the arrested on bail.
“Definitely going to appeal. I understand the position of articles and the position of the judges and understand that this is Nikolaev, but it deserters who changed the oath, sided with the enemy in the group, moved with the weapon. What to do with a deserter, who betrayed the Ukrainian oath, along with the weapons remained on the territory that no country has recognized and moved to the side of the enemy? And this man can make bail?” – said the head of the SBU Basil Gritsak.
The head of the SBU admitted the possibility of exchange
Hrytsak did not rule out the inclusion of the military in the lists of the exchange of hostages. Answering the question of whether to exchange them, at a briefing Hrytsak said: “Theoretically it can be. First, their fate will be determined by the investigator, but after this the judgment” (quoted by the edition “Ukrainian truth”). The head of the SBU confirmed that the arrested soldiers suspected of desertion, presented a Russian passport.
The night before, the defense Ministry announced that the security service was kidnapped in Crimea by Maxim Odintsov ensign and the younger Sergeant of contract service of Alexander Baranov and brought them to the territory of the Nikolaev region of Ukraine. The Russian foreign Ministry and the Kremlin, the operation of the SBU is regarded as a provocation.
Consulate General of Russia in Odessa, Ukraine sent a note with a request to provide copies of documents confirming the identity of citizens of Russia, TASS was told in the press service of the Russian Embassy in Kiev.
“Due to the spread in the Ukrainian media information about the detention of 20 November 2016 the bodies of the security service of citizens of the Russian Federation M. E. Odintsov and A. V. Baranov the Russian Consulate General in Odessa, the Ukrainian side has sent a note with a request to provide copies of documents confirming their identity and citizenship, as well as to organize a meeting of the Russian consular officer to the detained”, – noted in the Embassy.
SBU showed footage of the detention and recognition of contractor Baranova
On the website of the SBU published photos of passports Baranova and videos of the operation, however, remained unclear on the territory of which country was the detention.
The younger Sergeant of contract service Alexander Baranov with a bruise under his right eye in the video, said that before 2014, he “did military service in the tenth naval aviation brigade, on the position of the skydiver”. “After 2014 signed a contract with the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation and took the oath of… of the Russian Federation”. “I realize and admit that I committed treason under the Criminal code of Ukraine”, – said the military. Recognition of warrant officer Maxim Odintsov on video.
“Former Ukrainian soldiers were aware that against them even in 2015, prosecuted for treason. The final qualification will be established by investigators, but they, as well as all other military who have committed treason, and could face up to 15 years of imprisonment”, – quotes the website of the SBU Vasily Gritsak.
He stressed that the soldiers were detained near the checkpoint “Chongar” on the territory of Ukraine. According to Hrytsak, the military intended to “turn the corrupt bargain” and get the documents for the graduation to become officers already in Russia.
As noted by the Chairman of the SBU, “traitors are not planned “honest” exchange of documents for money.” “Cash they have left from the Russian border guards. The mediator planned to lure in the occupied Russian territory, to pick up the documents, and he himself to give FSB”, – said Hrytsak. Now the two detainees transferred to the military Prosecutor’s office.
“Unfortunately, we also have deserters who defected to the enemy. It is more than 1.3 thousand employees of the security Service of Ukraine, who served in the Crimean Chapter,” said Hrytsak. According to him, the Agency makes “every effort” to attract them to criminal responsibility.
“Novaya Gazeta”: the military did not betray the Ukrainian oath
“Novaya Gazeta” with reference to sources in the Crimea says that the military at the time of entry into service in the Russian army were not under the Ukrainian oath.
In the spring of 2014 they served in the Ukrainian army and, like most of his colleagues, wrote to the command of the official report on dismissal from the army in connection with the inability to continue service. Part of the APU in the Crimea were liquidated, and the mainland exported banners and staff documentation. After that, they received Russian citizenship and have applied for admission to service in the armed forces.
And sheep, and in Odintsov graduated from higher educational institutions of Kharkiv and lost diplomas “in a difficult situation that time.” It is the desire Odintsov and Baranov to recover the diplomas and was used by the SBU for the operation. Both offered to buy documents and even brought them to the checkpoint “Dzhankoi”.
According to “Novaya Gazeta”, the detention was indeed on the Ukrainian territory from-for errors of the military. “Not from a great mind both the Russian military on Ukrainian part of the territory of the checkpoint to pay the broker”, where they were detained by field investigators of SBU, the newspaper said.
The arrest was preceded by the arrest of Ukrainian “diversionists”
November 10, the Federal security service (FSB) of Russia reported about detention in the Sevastopol diversionno-terrorist group of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine, allegedly prepared the attack on military facilities in Crimea. Then, they arrested three suspects who gave the confessions. The court of Simferopol was arrested on the case of Dmitry Stabnikova, Alexei and Vladimir Bessarabova Tune.
On 10 August, the FSB announced the detention of another group of saboteurs on the territory of Crimea, as well as on the prevention of terrorist attacks on the Peninsula, which are supposedly prepared by the Ukrainian Ministry of defense. According to intelligence agencies, the targets of the attacks were identified critical infrastructure and life support of the Peninsula.