Ukraine’s Security Service has been criticized for the February abduction of a Palestinian engineer by Israeli agents in the European country and his subsequent transfer to Israel.
Critics say the Ukrainian Security Service was notified about Dirar Abu Sisi’s abduction and that the Ukrainian officials cooperated with or ignored efforts for his abduction.
Abu Sisi, 42, went missing "under unknown circumstances" in the early hours of February 19 after boarding a train in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv bound for the capital Kiev, said Viktoria Kushnir, a spokeswoman for Ukraine’s Interior Ministry.
Abu Sisi was in Ukraine to apply for citizenship after spending 12 years in the Gaza Strip.
Abu Sisi’s Ukrainian wife, Veronika, alleges that the Israeli secret service Mossad carried out the abduction in order to sabotage a key electric power plant in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, where he worked as a senior manager.
Ukraine summoned the Israeli ambassador to Kiev on March 25 and asked the envoy for explanations, Ukrainian media reported.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later claimed that the abduction and transfer of Abu Sisi to Israel was legal.
The Israeli kidnapping took place two months after visa regulations between Ukraine and Israel were lifted and the Israeli regime took advantage of the situation to kidnap the Palestinian engineer.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said it was hard to believe that Israel carried out such abductions in the country.