Answering the questions of Dmitry Gordon, the founder of the GORDON Internet publication, Igor Girkin (Strelkov), the former leader of Russian militants in the Donbass, wrote a confession. Such an opinion on the television channel “Straight” 18 May expressed the ex-head of Ternopil and Lviv regions, the former head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Lviv and Poltava regions, the head of the Lviv regional organization of the Batkivshchyna party and the current people's deputy of the same fraction Mikhail Tsymbalyuk.
"The impression that the questions were formulated not by Dmitry Gordon, but by someone it’s from law enforcement officials, because the interview looked like an interrogation, but today it’s also important that we heard in response. Girkin wrote the appearance "And it sounded to the whole world. I am convinced that this will be a proof in The Hague. Firstly, it’s a proof that he is a criminal because he confirmed that it was on his initiative that help in the form of a special complex arrived in Ukraine" Beech "with a crew. Secondly, he officially admitted that he shot Ukrainian people - volunteers, military," said Tsimbaliuk.
The people's deputy also commented on Gordon’s words that an interview with Girkin was made "in collaboration with the Ukrainian special services", and the announced information about crimes against Ukraine transferred to The Hague for use as evidence in the trial of the case of the annexation of Crimea and military aggression in the Donbass.
"I believe that there are several special forces with which Dmitry could formulate these questions. The first is the Prosecutor General's Office. The second is the Foreign Intelligence Service, the Main Intelligence Directorate and a few more. Because, it seems to me, these questions are very professionally formulated, "Tsymbalyuk believes.
He added that Gordon’s earlier interview with ex-" prosecutor "of the Crimea annexed by Russia Natalya Poklonskaya also represents interest for the investigation.
"Regarding Poklonskaya. The responses also confirmed that Russia is an aggressor. That the people who crossed to the other side are criminals. And now the task of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies, using the current legislation on conviction in absentia, is to immediately end the criminal case against the terrorist Girkin, because there is every reason for this. And in relation to Madame Poklonskaya, "Tsymbalyuk summed up.
Gordon’s interview with Girkin was published on YouTube 17 on May. It was recorded via Skype. During the interview, Girkin admitted that he gave orders to kill the Ukrainians, and named the activists who were shot at his command. A number of journalists, politicians and activists criticized the interviews. They said that in this way Gordon legitimizes the crime Ikov in the Ukrainian information space. 17 May, under the editorship of the publication "GORDON" in Kiev, activists held a rally.
The Office of the Prosecutor General said that information from an interview with Girkin and former "prosecutor" of the Crimea annexed by Russia Natalya Poklonskaya, which came out earlier this month, will be attached to criminal proceedings that relate to the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. “I can only express my gratitude, and not criticize for the testimony that our society and law enforcement agencies heard. Including the crash of the MH plane 17, "said Deputy Prosecutor General Gunduz Mammadov after an interview with Girkin.
Gordon himself said that the interviews were made by him" in conjunction with the Ukrainian intelligence services. " According to him, the information on crimes against Ukraine, voiced in an interview with Poklonskaya and Girkin, was transferred to The Hague for use as evidence in the trial of the annexation of Crimea and military aggression in the Donbass.
Journalist Hristo Grozev, an investigator of the Bellingcat international group, believes that the information voiced by Girkin can be used in a lawsuit against the latter. “It’s obvious to me that some of the questions were prepared with the goal of getting Girkin caught,” the representative of Bellingcat emphasized.
The SBU said that programs with Poklonskaya and Girkin are being studied for evidence of Russian aggression against Ukraine, and noted that the interview was the initiative of a journalist.
During the annexation of Crimea by Russia in February - March 2014 of the year, Russian citizen Girkin was an adviser to the head of the occupation administration, Sergei Aksenov. From April to August 2014 he took part in the military conflict in the Donbass. Under his leadership, in April, militants captured Slavyansk, Donetsk region (they held the city until July). In early August, it became known that Girkin resigned as the “Minister of Defense of the DPR” and returned to Russia.
Girkin is on the wanted list in Ukraine. He was suspected of a number of articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, including Art. 258 - 3 (creation of a terrorist group or terrorist organization), Art. 294 (riots), Art. 19 (terrorist act), Art. 341 (seizure of state or public buildings or structures). He is one of four accused in the case of the crash of a Malaysian Boeing aircraft 580 in the sky over the Donbass 17 of July 777 of the year. The trial takes place in the Netherlands, Girkin refused to participate in it. It is under the sanctions of the EU and the USA.