Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 09.03.2018
Ukraine may have foiled a plot to assassinate President Poroshenko when it intercepted a large cache of weapons coming out of Russia-invaded and occupied Donbas. The Security Service of Ukraine or SBU revealed a plot involving Volodymyr Ruban, the Russian terrorist leaders Alexander Zakharchenko and Oleksandr "Tashkent" Timofeev, and operation co-ordinators in Moscow to potentially kill many people in Kyiv. A mass-casualty terrorist operation of the Putin regime against the Ukrainian people may just have been averted.
Volodymyr Ruban is the head of the Ukrainian “Officer Corps” centre for the exchange of prisoners of war from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On March 8, Ruban was arrested while attempting to cross at the Maiorsk checkpoint, which lies between Russia-occupied Horlivka in Russia-occupied Donetsk region and the free Ukraine town of Toretsk. Ukrainian authorities allege that Ruban was in possession of a huge arsenal of weapons, and they showed photographs and video when announcing his arrest. The Deputy Minister for the Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons and former governor of Luhansk region, Heorhiy Tuka, wrote: “Under the guise of a displaced person, this ‘general’ tried to transport a whole arsenal of weapons that was hidden in furniture.”
After being detained in Mariupol, Volodymyr Ruban was brought to Kyiv. In the Shevchenkivsky district court, on March 9, Ruban was charged with the preparation of a terrorist act and the illegal possession of weapons. He was held for 60 days without bail.
Volodymyr Ruban is widely believed to be an operative of Viktor Medvedchuk. Medvedchuk is a Ukrainian oligarch who is Putin’s “grey cardinal” in Russia’s war against Ukraine. Putin is the godfather of Medvedchuk’s daughter Darina. Putin made Medvedchuk his representative at the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, Belarus, by putting him forward as the representative of Putin’s terrorist groups in eastern Ukraine, the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” and the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic.” Putin feigns to ‘consult’ with Medvedchuk, the figureheads of the so-called “LPR” and “DPR,” and Vladimir Gundyayev (also known as Patriarch Kirill of Moscow) when he is determining his war policy against Ukraine.
Viktor Medvedchuk is on the list of sanctioned individuals of both the United States and Canada. His actions during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine make him a grave threat to international peace and security. Inexplicably, Ukraine has not sanctioned Medvedchuk.
As Medvedchuk’s negotiator, Volodymyr Ruban held direct talks with the Russian terrorist group, the so-called “DPR,” regarding the prisoner exchange which ended up taking place on 27 December 2017. 73 Ukrainian prisoners of war and civilian hostages that were held in Russia-occupied Donbas were swapped for 233 terrorists and criminals who had been convicted and incarcerated by Ukraine. Ruban also brought Nadiya Savchenko to Russia-occupied Makiivka on 24 February 2017. Savchenko was a hostage of the Putin regime who upon her release took up her role as a member of parliament in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Since her release, Savchenko has adopted the Putin-Medvedchuk policy against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Savchenko has said that Crimea should be surrendered to Russia and that the so-called “DPR” and “LPR” should be treated as representative bodies of a pro-Russian, separatist Donbas.
Nadiya Savchenko was in court to support Volodymyr Ruban. This is even more evidence of Ruban’s collusion with Russia. Savchenko and Ruban were both seen as heroes in the early days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: Savchenko because she spoke patriotic defiance while a hostage of the Putin regime; Ruban because he succeeded in freeing many Ukrainian P.O.W.s and hostages from the horrors of Russian captivity and torture. Their star has fallen greatly since those days. Savchenko is widely suspected of being a Putin agent – as Medvedchuk is known to be. Ruban is now charged with terrorist offences – part of a conspiracy in which Ruban was acting as an operative of Medvedchuk and therefore Putin.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 20 February 2014, over four years ago. Muscovy is waging total war against the Ukrainian people, and that includes using the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea and Donbas to launch attacks, send spies, infiltrate sabotage and disruption teams, and to further terrorist conspiracies like the one that Volodymyr Ruban was caught in on March 8. Putin’s war aim is simple: the utter annihilation of the Ukrainian state and people. Ukrainian authorities will follow the conspiracy up from Ruban to Medvedchuk, and up to Putin. Western friends of Ukraine should pay attention: Russia always prototypes its attacks against the West in Ukraine. Russia’s plot through Ruban against Kyiv will be the template for Russia’s plot against other Western capitals soon enough.