December 28, 2023, 18:55

High treason and collaboration: prosecutors have sent hundreds of cases to court

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the prosecutor’s office has submitted 27 indictments for high treason, 77 cases for collaboration, 4 for aiding the aggressor state, 13 for unauthorized dissemination of information, and 143 indictments for justification, recognition of the legitimacy, and denial of Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine.

This was stated by the head of the Odesa Regional Prosecutor’s Office, Ihor Domuschey, at a briefing at the Ukraine-Odesa Media Center.

“Most of the defendants are pro-Russian individuals who support Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine. Some of them were “promised” administrative positions after the occupation of the region by Russia, and were also promised assistance with the exchange to Russia in case of detention by Ukrainian law enforcement agencies. And some Ukrainian citizens were simply “earning” money for information,” the prosecutor said.

On May 22, an ex-military officer who collected intelligence on the location and movement of military equipment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the situation in the ports of Odesa, Chornomorsk and railway connections was sentenced to life imprisonment for treason. Using the so-called “photo traps” that he set along the railroad tracks in the suburbs of Odesa, he recorded moving freight trains. At the court hearing, the man pleaded guilty in full, but did not repent. He said he only regretted the premature exposure of his subversive activities against Ukraine.

On May 3, a resident of Odesa was sentenced to 15 years in prison for collecting information for Russian special services about the location of energy infrastructure facilities, personnel and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, checkpoints, administrative buildings of law enforcement agencies and military facilities in Odesa and the region for 70 thousand UAH.

“On November 6, a court found a resident of Kherson guilty and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. After the Russian occupiers seized the city, he passed on to them the addresses of safe houses and personal data of members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s Special Forces group who were performing combat missions, and showed the enemy the location of weapons and ammunition caches. The Russians used this information to capture several Ukrainian servicemen and their families. In addition, an enemy informant leaked the data of a volunteer who helped Ukrainian defenders. The occupiers held her captive for 116 days. The traitor was detained during stabilization measures in the liberated Kherson,” summarized Ihor Domushey.

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