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SBU detains ex-postal worker for collaborating with Russians during occupation of Izium

A former postal worker headed a pro-Russian “post office” during the occupation of Izium; she faces up to 12 years in prison for distributing propaganda through the postal service.
Detained woman. Credit: Security Service of Ukraine
SBU detains ex-postal worker for collaborating with Russians during occupation of Izium

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported on 15 April about the detention of a former employee of a local branch of Ukrposhta, the national postal service, in the occupied city of Izium in Kharkiv Oblast.

Izium was occupied from 7 March to 10 September 2022. The Russian Forces killed and tortured civilians. There was no electricity, water, gas, or medical care. The exact number of victims of Russian aggression is not yet known.

According to the SBU, the detained woman “offered her assistance to the Russians in the war against Ukraine,” for which she received an “appointment” to the Russian occupation administration.

The detainee then became the head of a local “branch of a Russian post,” the report states. It alleges that she “organized the address distribution of propaganda newspapers of Russian to the homes of community residents.”

The SBU claims the collaborator “forced her subordinates to hand out copies of Russian ‘publications’ directly in the premises of the captured post office.”

The report also notes that “the perpetrator attempted to put postage stamps and envelopes with Kremlin symbols into circulation.”

The detainee is reportedly in custody and “faces up to 12 years in prison with confiscation of property.”

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