Volodymyr Serdyuk, a Ukrainian citizen suspected of organizing sabotage in the Crimea by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), has rejected all accusations against him.
On the 14th of August, an interview with Serdyuk was released on the website of the Ukrainian public TV channel, Hromadske.tv. During this discussion, Serdyuk said that the only true information given about him was his name, surname and place of military service.
He went on to confirm that he served in the 37th battalion. However, he said that he had nothing to do with the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, or with the special services of his country. He said that he was “a psychologist officer” in the Ukrainian army, and that his duties included “talking to people, dealing with ‘avatars’, who were soldiers abusing alcohol, and completing the formalities for absences without leave”. Serdyuk added that the information about him that was reported in the Russian media was absolute “nonsense”.
Russian news agencies TASS, Interfax and RIA Novosti had all previously reported that Serdyuk served as Chief of Intelligence of the 37th battalion of the 56th brigade of the main department of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry of Intelligence, and that he coordinated the actions of three subversive groups before sending them to the Crimea.