“European Solidarity” demands creation of special commission on “Wagnergate” and collects signatures for an extraordinary meeting of the Council – Poroshenko

The European Solidarity faction is collecting signatures for an extraordinary sitting of the parliament to vote on a draft resolution on the “Wagnergate” special commission. This was announced at a briefing by the fifth President and the leader of the European Solidarity party, Petro Poroshenko. He stressed that the main point of the investigation is to guarantee the safety of Ukrainian spies who took part in a special operation to detain Wagner’s Russian militants.

According to Poroshenko, the lack of a “Wagnergate” investigation under the jurisdiction of the Zelensky majority and OPZZ, along with a team from the Banking Commission, has made a “smoke screen” for them to hide their crime in office. In addition, it risks further the persecution of witnesses and participants in the special operation by the current authorities, Poroshenko explained.

“For almost a year, Zelensky and the head of his Ermak Office, lied to Ukrainians, lied to the whole world that this operation did not exist,” Petro Poroshenko reminded.

“Their false statements forced me to reveal some details of this information that in December 2018, as President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief, I authorized the Ministry of Defence and the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defence to conduct this operation after I received information about the activities of the infamous Wagner group around the world. Because these are murderers who kill people, destabilize power around the world. The information concerned Syria, Yemen, and African countries. I authorized this special operation, including the transfer of some non-secret information to our partners, “said the fifth President.

“Under pressure from journalists, public figures, veterans, volunteers, and from opposition politicians, who also revealed details and testified in this shameful case, Zelensky was forced to de facto admit to his involvement, during an interview on Kolomoisky-Zelensky 1 + 1 channel “It was a guilty plea,” that this operation took place,” Petro Poroshenko states.

“We have been demanding the establishment of a Temporary Commission of Inquiry for a year, which should first of all interrogate Zelensky. But representatives of his faction, with horror in their eyes, flatly refuse to do so. It is not a question of bringing him to justice – it is only a matter of obtaining reliable information. But they have no idea how they will interrogate Ermak, Bakanov, Kondratyuk and other people who were directly involved in the implementation of this shameful scenario for Ukraine, “said the fifth President.

Poroshenko reminded “European Solidarity”, “Voice” and “Batkivshchyna” factions withdrew their representatives from the commission formed by the mono-majority and OPZZh. Yesterday, three factions registered a draft Resolution by which the Wagner case would be brought under the jurisdiction of this commission – but it was never voted on in the parliament.

“According to the law concerning the commission, the only thing for which a commission is created for is to prepare a report exclusively on the subject of the commission’s activity, which was determined by the Verkhovna Rada. As you can see, there are no questions on Wagner involvement in the commission’s investigative tasks. Consequently, they have to interrogate witnesses only on issues of investigation determined by the Verkhovna Rada. It is now about the safety of witnesses, about the safety of our spies, whom the authorities are now pressuring and releasing. And then there will be an opportunity to bring these figures to justice for the alleged disclosure of state secrets of the commission, which has no Wagner case as its subject of investigation. So, there is no goal in establishing the truth in the commission,” Petro Poroshenko is convinced.

“The faction has decided to receive signatures forms from the Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada in order to collect signatures for an extraordinary sitting. Why is this so important? Because we are talking about the image of our state, “the fifth President emphasized.

“Our task is to get signatures. Either to change the subject of the commission’s investigation, or to create a new commission. Our task is to bring these “moles” and criminals to justice, who are destroying the national security of Ukraine. When this commission is created, we will be ready to take part in it,” the leader of European Solidarity stressed.