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Ukrainian journalist accused of spying against Belarus

Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sharoiko has been charged with espionage in Belarus.

The intelligence agent, working under cover, created an intelligence network of Belarusian citizens who collected important military information for him for a fee. During the search, copies of reconnaissance data were found. The journalist managed to send them to Kiev. In addition, on the basis of operational data adviser to the Ukrainian embassy ​​Igor Skvortsov was announced persona non grata.

Dmitry Pobyarzhin, official representative of the KGB of the Republic of Belarus:
Sharoiko himself admitted that he is an employee of the military intelligence staff, working under cover, as well as his military rank, colonel. He confirmed that his reconnaissance activities were coordinated by Igor Skvortsov, an employee of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, who acted under the guise of adviser to the Ukrainian Embassy in Belarus.

For activities incompatible with diplomatic status, Skvortsov was declared persona non grata.

In addition, a citizen of the Republic of Belarus was detained, who carried out espionage activities in the interests of Ukraine. The Belarusian acknowledged his guilt and a criminal case was initiated against him under Article 356 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus "Treason to the State".

With regard to Pavel Sharoiko, a criminal case was initiated under Article 358 of the Criminal Code - "Espionage".

The sanction of the article is imprisonment for 7 to 15 years. It should be noted that the accused worked in Belarus for several years. First, he headed the news bureau of the Ukrainian agency UNIAN and then became the correspondent of Ukrainian Radio in Belarus.

Ukrainian journalist accused of spying against Belarus