SBU Apprehends Criminal Gang in Odesa Cooperating with Russian Forces

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained leaders and members of a criminal group in Odessa cooperating with the Russian Federation.

SBU, in cooperation with the National Police of Odessa, conducted a large-scale operation targeting a criminal group of Ukrainian citizens. SBU spokesman Artem Dekhtyarenko said that the criminal group wanted to join the Russian forces in the course that Russia occupies the city of Odessa.

Dekhtyarenko said that the criminal group kept in touch with the Russian Federation and reported the situations in the city. Some members of the group joined Ukraine’s territorial defense to gather information on the positions of the Ukrainian military in Odesa, Dekhtyarenko added.  The group also terrorized and intimidated the people.

SBU also found that the criminal group was supposed to take down Ukrainian law enforcement and patriotic activists.

SBU detained all members of the criminal group, including Emil Varshavsky and Paizulaev, who are well-known in criminal circles in Ukraine. 

A foreign leader of the group was deported from the country, while another leader, who is currently abroad, has been denied entry.

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