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 Law enforcers conducted search in diplomat Filipchuk’s office under probe into MP Artemenko’s plan to lease Crimea to Russia, - prosecutor's office. PHOTO

The law enforcement officers conducted a search in the office of diplomat Vasyl Filipchuk under investigation into plan to rent out Crimea to Russia which was earlier voiced by independent Verkhovna Rada deputy Andrii Artemenko.

Spokesperson for the Kyiv-based Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Tetiana Tykhonchyk told Ukrainski Novyny, Censor.NET reports.

"Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv authorized search at Mr. Filipchuk's office under the case of Artemenko," she said.

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The prosecutor's office suspects that Filipchuk was involved in developing and submitting MP Artemenko with the plan to settle the Ukraine-Russia conflict that stipulated transferring ownership of Crimea to the Russian Federation.

On Thursday, the law enforcers conducted a search in the office of the International Center for Advanced Studies (ICAS), headed by Filipchuk.

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Filipchuk was a member of Ukraine's mission to the EU in 1999-2003, and 2006-2010. He was a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in 2005-2006. The diplomat headed the Foreign Ministry's department on the EU Affairs in 2010-2011, and the ministry's political department in 2011-2012. Filipchuk was also heading the Department for European Integration of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers from May 2012 to January 2013. He has the second class diplomatic rank of extraordinary and plenipotentiary envoy.

Journalists of Apostrof online news outlet owned by Filipchuk reported that the search took place in the outlet's office.

Law enforcers conducted search in diplomat Filipchuk’s office under probe into MP Artemenko’s plan to lease Crimea to Russia, - prosecutors office 01

Law enforcers conducted search in diplomat Filipchuk’s office under probe into MP Artemenko’s plan to lease Crimea to Russia, - prosecutors office 02

Law enforcers conducted search in diplomat Filipchuk’s office under probe into MP Artemenko’s plan to lease Crimea to Russia, - prosecutors office 03
Photos courtesy of Apostrof

As reported by The New York Times, Artemenko offered an alleged action plan to resolve the Russia-Ukraine conflict to Michael Flynn, the former U.S. president's national security adviser. The plan stipulates the withdrawal of all Russian forces from eastern Ukraine and the launch of an all-Ukrainian referendum to decide whether Crimea could be leased to Russia for a term of 50 or 100 years. The Radical Party parliamentary faction unanimously decided to expel Andrii Artemenko from its ranks.

Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea based in Kyiv initiated a criminal case into suspicion of MP Andrii Artemenko of high treason.
   
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