Another couple of law enforcement officers-traitors will be tried based on SBI materials - this time from Kherson region


SBI officers have completed a special pre-trial investigation into two former law enforcement officers from Kherson region who defected to the enemy after the start of the full-scale invasion.

The indictment has been sent to court.

As a reminder, on 18 April, materials were sent to court against the spouses of law enforcers from Donetsk region who also defected to the enemy.

The spouses of traitors from Kherson region defected to the enemy and were appointed to positions in the occupation structures, where they were responsible for "stabilising the crime situation" in the region.

In March 2022, the husband accepted the position of an operative in the occupation police, and his wife went from being a sergeant to an "inspector on special assignments" with access to russian "state secrets" in a few months.

The couple "identified" local criminals as if to "stabilise the crime situation" in the region, but in fact they were intimidating the residents.

The traitors are accused of voluntarily taking up positions in illegal law enforcement agencies established in the temporarily occupied territory (Part 7 of Article 111-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

Also, in Kharkiv region, the SBI reported suspicion to two law enforcement officers from Vovchansk.

At the beginning of the large-scale invasion, they did not come to work and waited for the russian troops. When the aggressors began to create a punitive body in the captured city, they rushed to negotiate with them for cooperation.

They told the invaders that they had experience in the Ukrainian law enforcement system and could be useful. In this way, the perpetrators bargained for positions in the local occupation police. They did everything the occupiers ordered.

On the eve of the de-occupation of Vovchansk, they fled to russia after the russian military.

The former law enforcement officers are suspected of desertion and voluntary occupation of a position in a law enforcement agency established in the temporarily occupied territory by a citizen of Ukraine (part 4 of article 408 and part 7 of article 111-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

The sanction of the article provides for a sentence of up to 15 years' imprisonment

Procedural guidance is provided by the regional prosecutor's offices and the specialised defence prosecutor's office.