In Ukraine, under Art. 111 of the Criminal Code provides for liability for treason. Some citizens have already been punished for their actions, while others are yet to receive it. We discuss examples from Volyn region.

Ilya Smetanin faces 15 years in prison for “giving” information to the Russians about the airfield in Lutsk. In March 2022, officers of Security Service of Ukraine in Volyn exposed a traitor. He was passing to the enemy special forces information on the types and number of military aircraft, their locations, training flights, and personal data of servicemen at the airfield in Lutsk. It turned out to be Ilya Smetanin. He is accused of treason (Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). He is currently in custody and faces up to 15 years in prison.

For the first time, explosions were heard on the territory of the Lutsk airfield on February 24, 2022. Subsequently, on March 11, 2022, the airfield was shelled a second time. Then there were at least 4 loud explosions. As previously reported by Lutsk Mayor Ihor Polishchuk, four servicemen were killed and six were injured as a result of shelling of the Lutsk airfield on March 11.

Ilya Smetanin shared many different videos and photos from the Lutsk airfield on the Vkontakte social network.

In a video released by the SSU in the Volyn region, he admitted to cooperating with the Russians. In August 2022, Smetanin declared in court that he did not admit guilt.

There were also cases in Volyn when citizens were prosecuted for distributing materials justifying the actions of Russian aggression. On the website of the Register of Court Decisions, there are several cases where such information distribution was punished with imprisonment.

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Від Maya Golub