On March 13, 2020, a group of people launched an armed attack on entrepreneurs and seized 100,000 medical masks. Law enforcement officers set and detained the suspects.
The detention was carried out under the procedural leadership of the prosecutor’s office in Kyiv region, investigators and the Criminal Investigation Department, Ukraine’s emergency service and kyiv police
According to press service of the prosecutor’s office in Kyiv on Facebook, the victims, personal protective equipment worth about 1 million hryvnas they purchased in different places within a few weeks and decided to sell it.
During a meeting with customers and reloading goods in their car, a car drove up to the point of sale, from which a group of men in overalls ran out with items similar to pistols. Having introduced themselves as SBU workers and threatening, probably with weapons, they laid the victims on the ground, loaded the goods and, without any explanation, then left.
During the pre-trial investigation, law enforcement officers managed to identify three persons involved in the crime and detain them. Probable robbers were residents of Kyiv region aged 26 to 42 years, not related to law enforcement agencies. According to investigators, they committed a crime with the aim of capturing scarce medical masks for their subsequent resale.
The detainees informed about this crime under Part 4 of Art. 187 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and the election of a preventive measure. and retain other participants in this crime is continuing.