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Ukraine Launches Probes Of Zyuganov, Zhirinovsky

Ukraine's Interior Ministry has launched investigations against Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov and Russian ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

Zoryan Shkiryak, an adviser to Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, said on July 25 that the Russian politicians are suspected of "financing activities aimed at changing Ukraine's territory and its state borders."

On July 22, Avakov announced a probe against Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Russian businessman Konstantin Malofeyev on suspicion of organizing illegal armed military formations on Ukrainian territory.

Meanwhile, Russian authorities announced earlier this month that investigations had been launched against Avakov and the governor of Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk region, Ihor Kolomoyskiy, on charges of using illegal warfare during military operations, kidnapping, and obstruction of journalism.

Based on reporting by and Interfax