In the Czech Republic, suspects of participation in the events in the Donbass were accused of terrorism

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The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Czech Republic accused five people of terrorism, participation in a terrorist group, as well as financing and propaganda of terrorism, on suspicion of involvement in the events in the south-east of Ukraine. This was announced on Friday, April 23, by the representative of the department, Matrin Bily.

“Charges of terrorism, participation in a terrorist group, financing and propaganda of terrorism have been brought against five suspects. The prosecutor’s office appealed to the court to extend the pre-trial detention of three of them, as there are reasonable fears that they will try to hide or put pressure on witnesses, ”TASS quoted him as saying.

On April 21, it became known that the Czech security forces carried out a large-scale special operation, during which at least five Czech citizens – “members of military formations” were detained associated with trips to Donbass for the war on the side of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR).

It was indicated that the detainees planned, organized and even left for Ukraine in order to take part in hostilities. It was also reported that all this was allegedly directed by “employees of the Russian GRU from the embassy in Prague”, who had already been expelled from the country.

On April 17, Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babis said that the country’s authorities suspect the Russian special services of involvement in the explosion at an ammunition depot in Vrbetica in 2014. On the same day, the Czech Republic announced its decision to expel 18 Russian diplomats. It was reported that the employees of the diplomatic department were “identified by the country’s special services as officers of the GRU and SVR.” Moscow, in response, announced 20 employees of the Czech embassy in the Russian Federation persona non grata.

Since 2014, Kiev has been conducting a military operation against the residents of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup in the country. At the same time, the Ukrainian authorities blame Moscow for the current situation. The Russian Federation has repeatedly noted that it is not a party to the internal Ukrainian conflict, and called on Kiev to negotiate with the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics and implement the Minsk agreements.