Russian border guards shot and killed a Ukrainian national, Yevhen Holubiev, 27, a resident of Sumy region, on their territory near the border with Ukraine overnight December 4.

The man in question was on the watchlist of local Ukrainian police with a record of offenses, including hooliganism and robbery.

Despite the victim’s criminal record, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officers still shot dead a civilian, a citizen of another state, and did not present any evidence of his aggressive actions during the detention, the source said.

At the same time, the interlocutor noted that smugglers usually do not carry weapons as it is easier to “make a deal” with Russian border guards for money in case of detention. Therefore, it is possible that Ukrainian citizen fell occasional victim to Russian border guards.

In turn, the scenario of a “heroic” operation on the border resembles an attempt to cover the responsibility of FSB officers for the murder of a civilian.