In Zaporizhzhia, in the Stepnohorsk community, "black loggers" tried to pay 5,000 hryvnias as a bribe to the police, who exposed them during illegal felling of trees.
Three violators managed to saw down and load about five cubic meters of acacia, reports the head office of the National Police in the Zaporizhzhia region.
It is noted that the loggers planned to sell illegal wood.
The press service said that during the documentation of the crime, the "senior" person involved offered to "solve the issue" for money. He did not respond to the policemen's warning about criminal liability for illegal actions.
"Soon I tried to give a bribe again – got into a police car and put 5 thousand hryvnias in the glove compartment. The actions of the person involved were filmed on the body cameras of law enforcement officers and documented," the message reads.
It is noted that law enforcement officers entered information about committed offenses into the Unified Register of Pretrial Investigations for:
- Part 1 of Art. 246 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Illegal felling or illegal transportation, storage, sale of forest);
- Part 1 of Art. 369 of the Criminal Code (Offer, promise or provision of an unlawful benefit to an official).
The message added that the issue of impounding the perpetrators' car and the crime instrument is currently being resolved. Investigations are ongoing.
Earlier, EcoPolitic wrote, that they wanted to give a bribe of 200,000 hryvnias to Eduard Moskalev, the commander of the operational-strategic grouping of the "Odesa" troops, in order to obtain permission to harvest biological resources in the prohibited border zone.
As EcoPolitic previously reported, in the Varas district of the Rivne region, in the botanical reserve, a man cut down several trees, loaded them onto a trailer and tried to take them away, but he was noticed by a forester.