Illegal amber diggers destroyed the bridge and blocked a police unit, threatening to drown police officers in the swamp.
Security Service of Ukraine Lt. Col. Vadym Fedoruk, who is suspected of the involvement in the organization of a criminal group for illegal production and trade in amber, has been released from a remand prison on bail.
On the night of Jan. 15, unknown persons opened fire on a group of young people outside a cafe in downtown Olevsk, the Zhytomyr region.
The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (PGO) has detained a man who attempted to bribe a PGO investigator into closing a case and returning 200 kg of amber.
Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko dismissed Deputy Prosecutor of Rivne region Andrii Borovyk suspected of membership in a local crime ring illegally extracting amber.
On Sept. 12, law enforcers detained new suspects during the 'Burshtyn' ("Amber") special operation aimed at combating the illegal production of amber in the west of Ukraine.
Ukraine's 'amber mafia' operating in western regions of the country and illegally mining amber for sale has been taken under control of law enforcement agencies.
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says that today's detention of miners at an "amber Klondike" in the Rivne region is the first stage of the fight against illegal amber mining in protected areas.
A group of illegal amber miners was detained by the National Police in the territory of the nature reserve in the Rivne region this morning. The miners resisted arrest.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs will conduct special operations against the "amber mafia" in the Zhytomyr and Volyn regions similar to the one recently carried out in the Rivne region.
The revenues from the illegal extraction of amber in Ukraine equal to the country's defense expenditures.
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko has appointed first deputy prosecutor of the Rivne region Pavlo Romanchuk acting prosecutor of the Rivne region.
Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko has dismissed Anatolii Kovalchuk as prosecutor of the Rivne region.
Deputy Prosecutor General – Main Military Prosecutor Anatolii Matios advocates legalization of amber extraction.
The Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv imposed two-month pretrial confinement against Andrii Borovyk, a suspect in the ‘amber case’, on Wednesday, July 6.
The Security Service of Ukraine, the prosecutor's offices, and the police continue searches of "amber mafia" members in the Rivne region.
As part of the operation to expose a criminal scheme involving amber extraction in the Rivne region, the police detained one of the case figures, crime boss nicknamed "Ushatyi," who organized groups of diggers and collected money from them.