"The seized equipment includes armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, armored reconnaissance vehicles, trucks, box trucks, trailers, tank trucks, tower vehicles, tractors with winches and other equipment, including for transportation of people by land and water. Police also seized lots of spare parts, batteries, tires, etc.," the press office for the local National Police Directorate said, Censor.NET reports.
The searches were conducted for two weeks and resulted in seizure of almost 200 pieces of ready-for-sale vehicles. The law enforcement officers are checking whether the hardware was in service of a Ukrainian Armed Forces’ military unit.
Police say the hardware was put up for sale online. According to the spokesperson for the police, authorized searches were carried out at several facilities where the vehicles were stored: in addition to the equipment, certificates of its origin were also found and seized.
This high-profile case is being investigated under part 3 of article 139 (misappropriation of property through abuse of office) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine punished by 3-8 years in prison.
The police impounded the hardware pending investigation.