Police found millions of timber theft in the two areas

Правоохранители обнаружили миллионные хищения леса в двух областях

Law enforcement officers found two illegal logging, which caused multimillion-dollar damage

In the Zhytomyr region “businessmen” received about UAH 14 million for the illegal export of charcoal, and in the Kharkiv region found environmentally hazardous illegal timber processing 21 million UAH.

Large-scale timber theft scheme to export discovered in the Zhytomyr region. This was reported by press service of the police of the area on Tuesday, November 12.

The scheme was organized by two entrepreneurs in the Novohrad-Volynskyi district. One of the men was responsible for the supply of the forest, and the second was processed into charcoal. It all happened at the company, registered in the territory of one rural district councils.

The criminal scheme was in effect for 2018-2019. During this time the business was sold abroad products for about UAH 14 million. Now to them threatens from five till eight years of prison.



In turn, the security service discovered the illegal processing of timber for UAH 21 million, which was environmentally hazardous, reports the press center of the Ministry.

In Balakleysky district of the organized illegal felling of trees and solid rocks for underground production of coal for sale. The prepared raw material dealers have transformed into makeshift ovens that do not have the necessary protective systems and pollute the air with harmful substances.

Ready products sold through retail outlets. Activity four illegal production was blocked in Izyum, Volchansky, Balakleya and Krasnograd areas.

The raisin of the SBU in the territory of underground warehouses attackers kept ready the charcoal and carried it out of the packaging. During the searches police seized there are more than 50 tonnes of charcoal, packaging material and filling equipment. The value of the seized products is more than 1,5 million hryvnias.

The most environmentally harmful industries was nearby settlements and threatened the health of their residents.

Currently, ongoing investigations in the framework of criminal proceedings initiated under article 241 (air pollution) and article 246 (illegal cutting of forests) of the Criminal code of Ukraine.



Recall, the Verkhovna Rada introduced criminal responsibility for the removal of the forest. Smuggling of timber and timber products will now provide responsibility in the form of imprisonment from three to five years.

Deforestation harms the environment significantly stronger than anticipated

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