And last day, more than 30 representatives of the Russian paramilitary structure known as PMC Wagner were detained.
"Ukrainian law enforcement officers will resolve the issue of possible extradition of those detained in Russians of Belarus", - quoted by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Of Ukraine, RIA Novosti agency. The Ukrainian side was interested in information about their detention, since some militants had previously fought in Donassa on the side of the unrecognized republics.
Earlier, the Belarusian state agency Belta reported that "32 militants of the foreign private company Wagner" were detained near Minsk, and one more - in the south of the country, and all of them are Russians. All in all, as it was reported, “more than 200 militants arrived in Belarus to destabilize the situation during the election campaign”, they, according to the State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Andrei Ravkov, are wanted. A criminal case was opened against the Russians for the preparation of terrorist attacks.
According to the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, specially trained foreigners can be pulled up to street protests in this country after the elections... these are professional military men, bandits who are specially trained, mainly within the framework of PMCs around the world, and earn big money on provocations in various states".
Now the question of the possible extradition of the detainees and other legal actions "will be decided by the relevant law enforcement and special bodies. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus has already held meetings with the Ambassador of Russia Dmitry Mezentsev and the acting head of the Embassy of Ukraine Pyotr Vrublevsky, according to website departments. The diplomats were invited one by one.
"The Russian ambassador has been asked for detailed explanations regarding the goals and other aspects of the arrival and stay in our country of this organized group of persons, many of whose members have a proven experience of participation in armed conflicts", the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry was quoted by the Kommersant newspaper . Representative of Ukraine Petro Vrublevsky was summoned due to the fact that some of the detainees had Ukrainian origin and citizenship.
The presidential elections in Belarus are scheduled for August 9, the current long-term head of state, Alexander Lukashenko, running again, earlier announced the possibility of artificial destabilization of the situation in the country and called what happened an emergency.
According to the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, reports that someone from Russia to Belarus could have been sent to destabilize the situation is an insinuation. "Russia and Belarus are a Union State, they are allies, close partners, so, of course, this is out of the question. But, of course, this incident with the detention of Russians, it needs to be clarified. We hope that we will receive information that will help you figure it out, "Dmitry Peskov noted.