According to him, the publication of the summons on the website of the SBU is a procedural step to bring suspects to justice.
“The failure of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to appear at the SBU creates the preconditions for the court to consider the petition of the SBU investigators without his participation. Namely, the petition to detain a suspect with a view to choosing a preventive measure,” the spokesman for the Security Service said.
The SBU published Shoigu’s summons on the website on July 18. His summoned for questioning, which was supposed to take place at 9.00 on July 20 in Mariupol (Donetsk region).
Immediately after the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia launched an armed aggression in eastern Ukraine. The fighting is between the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the one hand and the Russian army and Russian-backed militants who control parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on the other. Officially, the Russian Federation does not recognize its invasion of Ukraine, despite the facts and evidence presented by Ukraine.
Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine opened criminal proceedings against Shoigu in July 2014. He is accused of complicity in organizing paramilitary groups and supplying them with weapons and ammunition. According to Ukrainian law, in case of serious consequences, such charges are threatened with imprisonment for a term of 10-15 years.
August 8, 2016 the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine reported on suspicion of committing crimes against the foundations of the national security of Ukraine 18 representatives of the Russian authorities and the leadership of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, including Shoigu.