Ukraine accuses Russians in deputy’s murder

2014/04/23 • News

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has accused the so-called “Strilka” group that is active in the Donetsk Oblast and a citizen of the Russian Federation, Colonel Igor Bezler, of involvement in the murder of the deputy of the of the Horlivka City Council Volodymyr Rybak, the SUB reports on its website, April 23, 2014.

According to the SUB, it has been determined that on Aril 17, Bezler (alias Bez) ordered the head of the self-proclaimed militia of the town of Horlivka to “neutralize” Volodymyr Rybak, who had tried to raise the Ukrainian national flag on the Horlivka City Council building.

At the same time, Bezler gave orders to a member of the group, a soldier with the Russian Federation, to kidnap Rybak, place him in a car, and take him to an appointed place, where physical force was to be applied. Bezler then planned to go to the location where Rybak was being held.

Then, according to instructions from “Strilka” (Igor Strelkov), Volodymyr Rybak was delivered to the headquarters of the separatist militants in Sloviansk, where Igor Strelkov was to talk with him personally.

It has also been established that on April 20, 2014, Strelkov personally instructed the self-proclaimed mayor of Sloviansk, Vacheslav Ponomarev, to remove the body of the murdered Volodymyr Rybak from the headquarters location. This is what Ponomarov did, the Service claims

Statement of the Press Center of the SBU, April 23, 2014

We announce that the citizen of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanovich Strelkov is being sought by the Security Service of Ukraine. Criminal proceedings have been initiated against him in connection with the organization of the murder (of Volodymyr Rybak) and actions against the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the inviolability of Ukraine through sabotage and the organization of mass riots in the eastern regions of Ukraine.

Igor Strelkov is an officer of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the assistant in police matters to the self-proclaimed “prime minister” of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov. In Crimea, Strelkov was responsible for the seizure of military units and government and administration buildings and participated in the interrogation of Ukrainian soldiers and the recruitment of our citizens in Crimea.

It has been established that in early April, Strelkov received a direct order from Moscow to launch a large-scale sabotage operation on the Ukrainian mainland, especially in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

As previously reported, the SBU has determined that members of the reconnaissance and sabotage group, consisting of more than 30 people under the direction of Strelkov, on April 13, 2014, carried out an armed attack on the employees of SBU, during which one SBU employee was killed and three were wounded.

Strelkov also directed the actions of armed persons who illegally detained soldiers of the 25th separate airborne brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Sloviansk, on April 16, 2014.

Igor Bezler, a citizen of the Russian Federation born in 1965, is also being sought. According to reliable sources, Bezler served in units of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Federation until 2002, ending service as a lieutenant colonel. Then he was sent to Ukraine.

In February 2014, Bezler reestablished contact with the Intelligence Directorate. As instructed by Russian intelligence, Bezler travelled to Crimea, where he participated in the seizure of military units and government and administration buildings. In April 2014, on orders of the Russian military intelligence, Bezler, as a participant in a subversive group, was involved in the seizure of the SBU building in the Donetsk Oblast, and then in the seizure of the police precinct building in Horlivka.

At this time, Bezler is probably in Horlivka, in the district police building that had been seized by the terrorists. He moves around the city accompanied by a group of guards armed with automatic weapons.

Source: http://www.sbu.gov.ua/sbu/control/uk/publish/article?art_id=124470&cat_id=39574

 

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  • mikeakostelny

    The terrorist killing of Deputy Councillor Volodymyr Rybak in Ukraine reminds me of the terrorist kidnapping of a Canadian Minister of Immigration and Labor, Pierre Laporte, in October 1970 in Canada (in the Province of Quebec). Canada, under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, invoked a War Measures Act which suspended all civil liberties in the area until the perpetrators of this terrorist act were located. 450 persons were arrested within days. The kidnapping occurred on 10 October 1970. The Canadian military were summoned to take over the region of an “apprehended insurrection” on 15 October 1970. The War Measures Act was invoked on 16 October 1970, whereupon on 17 October 1970, the murdered body of Pierre Laporte was discovered in the trunk of a car near an Airport in Quebec. Shortly thereafter the leaders of this terrorist group (the FLQ, Front for the LIberation of Quebec) were arrested and imprisoned.Some of them are still serving life sentences in prison to this day. The reason I refer to this historical event is to compare what happens in a Democracy (such as Canada) when a Government Official is kidnapped by Separatists (actually, Terrorists) within that country—as compared to the Socialist practices in Ukraine today.. Of course, the situation is a lot more grave in Ukraine: there is rampant Police corruption controlled by the Mafia (as USA Vice-President Joseph Biden strongly condemned only yesterday). The sure solution to Ukraine’s problem, I believe, is to suspend all civil liberties in the area (as Canada did to control it’s Terrorist problems some 44 years ago) and to invoke the anti-Terrorist Act which allows the use of lethal military force within a civilian population. The border between Ukraine and Russia in the East and South of Ukraine needs to be heavily fortified by Ukrainian Para-military troops to cut off all means of reinforcements as the next step would be to encircle all of these terrorist-held areas (from Kharkiv to Donetsk Oblast) and then to tighten the circle until each building is freed of terrorists and hostages. Alternatively, one way to mop up the Mafia problem (which controls the area under Yanukovych’s son) is to copy the technique used in Italy during the 1980s when the Mafia reigned supreme and were impervious to capture and to the Courts. USA President Ronald Reagan (with the express permission of the Italian Government) brought in US Special Forces and rounded up all these ‘bandits’ throwing their leaders into prison under criminal charges of insurrection. Ukraine could copy a similar approach. First of all, Ukraine could make Agreements with the USA to lease the Crimea Peninsula (as an US military naval base) for the duration of this Century, thereby securing the entire area from future violations of the 1994 Budapest Memorandum by Putin’s ‘Soviet’ Russia. And then, secondly, USA Special Forces and Navy Seals could clean up all the Mafia in South and East Ukraine permanently eliminating the monopoly of Mafia Control as they successfully did in Italy 30 years ago. Of course, the trade-off would be that the USA must be allowed not only to fly over Ukrainian air space but to build numerous US Military Bases all throughout Ukraine, to safeguard the Ukrainian people from these pro-Russian Mafia mad-men who care only for themselves and not for the liberty and rights of freedom-loving Ukrainians. To decide for this Act of Freedom, would be wholly in keeping with the spirit and intent of those Freedom Fighters of Maidan who gave their lives that Ukraine might live free again! Love live Ukraine! Long live a FREE Ukraine!