"While incapable State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) was ‘asleep’, a crime ring which included rogue cops was being smashed. The Main Military Prosecutor's Office, the best operatives of Kyiv’s Criminal Investigations Directorate, Spetsnaz and officers of the Internal Security Department of the National Police, members of KORD special operations unit, and Internal Security of the SBU conducted 60 searches, detained nine ring members that terrorized Kyiv and entire region. The ring members were engaged in protection racketeering, money and property extortion, they abducted people in broad daylight, incarcerated and tortured them," he said.
"The armed crime ring (which also had access to explosives) included incumbent police officers and a legal counsel. Possible involvement of the Kyiv region SBU officers in grave crimes is being checked. The investigators found that the crime ring was run by criminal kingpins wanted for committing crimes against participants of the Revolution of Dignity. Special thanks to the members of Spetsnaz – the criminals were apprehended without a shot being fired," Matios added.