Ukraine charges air carrier CEO for helping Russia transport troops, equipment

Ukraine charges air carrier CEO for helping Russia transport troops, equipment

The Security Service of Ukraine has charged (in absentia) the Director General of Russia’s Ural Airlines, Sergey Skuratov, who is believed to have provided civilian aircraft for the transfer of Russian troops toward the Ukraine warzone.

That’s according to the SBU press service, Ukrinform reports.

An evidence base was gathered on Skuratov showing that the official helped the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation transfer Russian troops in the direction of the Ukrainian border.

To this end, he provided six civilian aircraft, which were then used to transport Russian conscripts, as well as their weapons and ammunition.

It was established that since early October 2022, with Skuratov’s assistance, the invasion force made 11 "military" flights to the Platov airport in Rostov region.

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After that, Russian units flown in were transferred to Ukraine to engage in hostilities on the eastern and southern fronts.

Based on the evidence gathered, the SBU charged the CEO under Art. 27 Part 5 and Art. 437 Part 2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (planning, preparation, initiation and waging of a war of aggression).

The perpetrator faces up to 15 years in prison. Comprehensive measures are underway to bring him to justice for crimes committed against Ukraine.

As Ukrinform reported, the Izhavia CEO was charged in absentia for organizing illegal passenger flights to the temporarily occupied Crimea and back to Russia.

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