Censor.NET reports citing SBU's official response to the relevant press inquiry.
The article earlier published by Censor.NET tells about alleged Ukrainian trace in the fate of "mysterious chieftain of Vagner private military company Dmitry Utkin also known by his call sign Vagner, who was allegedly involved in murders of the Donbas militants' leaders, led armed detachments in Crimea, and was in charge of military operations in Syria.
Two witnesses claim they saw him in his native village of Smolyne in Ukraine's Kirovohrad region on Jan. 20, 2016, five days before Censor.NET published its article. Censor.NET requested the Security Service of Ukraine to comment on this information and specify whether Vagner is persona non grata in Ukraine. Today, Feb. 3, Censor.NET journalists received the official response dated Jan. 31, saying that no restrictions to enter Ukraine were imposed on Russian mercenary Vagner.
The document reads: "As of 31.01.2017, the Security Service of Ukraine took no decision to ban entry to the territory of Ukraine for Dmitry Utkin, born in 1970."
Moreover, the SBU response also suggests that the agency has no clue that Dmitry Utkin also known as Vagner was allegedly involved in murders in the Donbas and seizure of Ukrainian military bases in Crimea: "The agency has no additional information regarding the mentioned person." The paper is signed by the first deputy chief of the SBU Counterintelligence Department.
Censor.NET earlier requested the State Border Guard Service to provide the information whether Vagner ever crossed the border. "Such information can be provided to this person alone or the law enforcement agencies investigating a criminal case," Censor.NET quotes State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Chief Oleh Slobodian as saying.