On the eve of the elections-2019, the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) stopped the activities of an extremist organization controlled by Russia and coordinated by Rustam Tashbaev, known in Ukraine as the mastermind of Maidan 3.0.
This is the press service of the SSU.
It is reported that the goal of extremists was to destabilize the internal situation in Ukraine due to increased political activity of the population during the electoral process.
“The SWU staff found that the group was coordinated by a US citizen Rustam Tashbaev, a native of the Russian Federation, a former cadet of the Kaliningrad Higher Naval School, who in 2015 was expelled from Ukraine for subversive activities,” the report said.
The SSU stated that according to the instructions of the Russian special services, members of the extremist organization had to create their own military units: “Ukrainian Insurgent Army” (“UPA” – with deployment abroad) and “Ukrainian National Army” (“UNA” – with deployment in Ukraine). On the territory of Ukraine, the process of creating the “Ukrainian National Army” was headed by a citizen of Ukraine Zabolotny, who was repeatedly detained by officers of the National Police for illegal possession of weapons and robbery, and also brought to criminal responsibility for appeals to overthrow the constitutional order in Ukraine.
It has been established that for a long time Zabolotny conducted negotiations on receiving monetary assistance for carrying out extremist activity with M. Dulsky, an agent of the Russian special services.
As part of the criminal proceedings of the Security Service of Ukraine, it was documented that, at the initiative of foreign curators, during the declaration of martial law in Ukraine, the leaders of the UNA arranged for the collection of information on locations and routes of movement of the Ukrainian armed forces units for the purpose of sabotage and disruption of mobilization.
The Russian trail in the activities of “UNA” was confirmed by the results of searches conducted on the participants of this extremist organization in Odessa, two of whom are citizens of the Russian Federation and the unrecognized Transnistrian People’s Republic, and the third is a citizen of Ukraine – a native of Transnistria.
In particular, law enforcement officers seized weaponry and a thousand copies of newspapers containing appeals to join the activities of “UNA”. During the sixteen searches, firearms and martial weapons, improvised explosive devices and grenades, explosives, military equipment, communications equipment and internal documents of the illegal military formation relating to its illegal activities were also discovered and seized.