Lukashenko said that he had received a signal about the "infiltration of militants" from Kiev
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Minsk has received a signal about penetration of another group of "fighters" from the South from the Ukrainian security services, however, questioned the validity of this information.
In turn, the newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda" writes with reference to a source in Russian special services that the detention of 33 Russians in Belarus was provoked by special services of Ukraine.
According to the newspaper, some "curators", posing as employees of "Rosneft", looking among former members of the PMC "Wagner" people for the protection of oil facilities in Venezuela. All, allegedly planned to recruit 180 people, they were divided into five groups, the first of which, consisting mainly of former citizens of Ukraine who fought in the Donbass, had to move to Minsk on July 24.
The next day, according to KP, the group had to fly via Istanbul and Havana to Caracas. Organizer set Artem Milyaev with the call sign "Shaman" received copies of the tickets, which, as it turned out later, was bought in Ukraine. However, these tickets were cancelled, the band members didn't know. Already in Minsk, "Shaman" has brought this matter to prominence, giving the instruction to destroy the tickets.
"Breaking the tickets, the Russians thus destroyed important evidence, the thread from which would be in Lviv and Kiev, somewhere to the building of SBU", - is spoken in article.
The twenty-ninth of July a group of "Shaman" was detained by the Belarusian security forces. KP attributes this to the fact that "Minsk had a list of "passengers" from Kiev", and suggests that the Belarusian special services were in close contact with the Ukrainian, having received information from them about the arrival of "saboteurs".
The Belarusian authorities announced on July 29 on the arrest of 33 Russian citizens. They are suspected of preparing mass riots in the Republic. In this case also pass local opposition Statkevich Sergei tikhanovski, whose wife Svetlana was a presidential candidate.
However, as stated earlier, information was received of the arrival in Belarus ", more than 200 militants to destabilize the situation during the election campaign."
The Russian foreign Ministry reported that the group of detainees was in transit through Minsk to Istanbul, having on hand all necessary documents, including tickets and logistics was provided by the Belarusian company. Diplomats called "an odious interpretation of" position of the Belarusian side and stated that it does not hold water.
As stated by the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin and members of the security Council expect a speedy clarification of all circumstances of detention of the Russians and their release.