"The Security Service was closely monitoring the situation around the miners' protests in Kyiv. The perpetrators' attempts to turn these rallies into the lever of pressure on the government with its subsequent destabilization and seizure were documented," the statement reads. "In particular, it was recorded that they financed and facilitated the arrival of instigators and other miscreants in the capital as well as their participation in rallies," the SBU added.
"The SBU investigators registered criminal case under part 2 of the Article 110-2 of the Criminal Code against the actions of the management of certain private coal-mining companies of Ukraine, which has arranged financing of protests in Kyiv April 22-24 together with blocking of the bodies and government's work, being guided by vested corporate interests, as well as to put pressure on public authorities," the statement reads.
According to the latest information, the operational and investigative units conduct interrogations, searches and detentions under this criminal proceeding. "The deliverymen, who were bringing cash to Kyiv from former Ukraine's PM Azarov to finance the so-called "white handkerchiefs" rallies, which tried to join the miners' protests," the agency reported. "The counterintelligence and Security Service investigators continue to gather evidence showing the involvement of the special services of the aggressor state in the destabilization of the situation in Kyiv, which cynically manipulated the offenders in the capital," the statement reads.
The SBU has summoned the managers of one of the energy corporations for questioning and attached to the case the material published by Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Deputy and journalist Mustafa Nayyem. The journalist stated that the miners' strike and the demand to replace the energy minister is part of a plan to protect the interests of Rinat Akhmetov's companies on the energy market.