Minister of Interior Affairs Arsen Avakov has reported of an exposure of a criminal group involved in a number of offenses, some of them antisemitic.
The Interior Ministry said it is aware of nine crimes committed in different regions of Ukraine and in Kyiv. The detention took place yesterday at Ukraine-Hungary border. The group was planning to blow up a monument to Hungarians at Veretskyi mountain pass in the Zakarpattia region.
During detention, National Police officers seized RGD-5 grenades from the detainees.
The group comprised members hailing from the Cherkasy region. They committed crimes aimed at sparking xenophobia, religious intolerance, and international conflicts in 2016 and 2017.
The gang was investigated by a special criminal investigators group led by police leaders Kniaziev and Abroskin.
The group committed crimes in Chernivtsi (Central Jewish Synagogue violated), Uman (rabbi Nachman’s grave violated; grenade attack against Israeli citizens), Kyiv (the U.S. Embassy attacked; veterans monument at Kurbasa Street violated; grenade attack at Hrushevskoho Street), Lviv (arson attempt on synagogue), and Lutsk (explosive device thrown at Polish consulate building).
The group was detained as it attempted to blow up a monument to Hungarians at Veretskyi mountain pass in the Zakarpattia region.
The criminals have long been watched by police officers and charged with other crimes.
Those detained and their leader belong to the group of former Party of Regions MPs from the Cherkasy region – Volodymyr Oliinyk and Serhii Tulub.