Ukrainian journalist announced plans of Minsk to extradite detained Russians

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Belarus is ready to extradite the detained Russians to Ukraine, Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon said after an interview with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

According to him, law enforcement officers will receive permission to transfer the detainees.

“The green light will be given to the prosecutor’s office and other law enforcement agencies of Belarus, which, in accordance with Belarusian legislation, will do everything necessary to transfer criminals to both Russia and Ukraine,” Gordon told Radio Liberty on August 5.

The journalist added that he hopes for the transfer of all persons involved in “crimes against Ukraine” to Minsk.

Earlier on Wednesday, Lukashenko held telephone talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, during which the possibility of extraditing a number of detainees to Kiev was discussed.

On July 29, near Minsk, 33 Russians were detained, who allegedly are employees of the Wagner PMC. Some of them also had Ukrainian citizenship. Kiev accused them of participating in a terrorist organization. The Belarusian side suspects the Russians of trying to destabilize the situation in the country before the elections.

A criminal case was initiated against the detainees on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack, they were taken into custody.

According to Moscow, Russian citizens were going to fly to Turkey.

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