Ukrainian CI effectively counters Russian saboteurs and agents
The SBU counterintelligence had quickly reorganized its work and now effectively counters the Russian aggression.
During last year the SBU officers eliminated 30 terrorist groups which were trained by the Russian secret services for sabotage not only in the ATO area, but in peaceful Ukrainian regions.
Russian secret services conduct mass sabotage and reconnaissance activities in the territory of our state using all self-developed tools of the “hybrid war”. The Russians use professional spies, “agents of influence” among politicians and officials and many average citizens influenced by the Russian propaganda against Ukraine. The statistics of the effectiveness of the SBU countering Russian aggression proves that according to the SBU CI materials in the period from June 2015 to May 2016 367 criminal cases were launched, including 76 under Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and 3 on spy charges.
13 Russian agents are on trial, including the ATO Headquarters Deputy Chief, a National Guard lieutenant colonel, an official of the HR department of an army unit, a soldier of the Armed Forces and a number of citizens of different regions who had operational contacts with the Russian secret services and provided information with restricted access.
The guilty verdict concerning 22 individuals entered into force. In particular a Russian citizen, who was a career officer of the Chief Intelligence Department of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, is sentenced to 9 years of imprisonment. He was tasked with recruiting Ukrainian citizens and tried to get secret documentation about the samples of new military equipment. A former Air Forces officer who gave written consent of cooperation with the Russian FSB was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment. The traitor provided Russians with information about the military airplanes’ flying routes. A former National Guard soldier who was tasked to gather intelligence is sentenced to 9 years of imprisonment.
In order to prevent and stop illegal activities which threaten state national security 1569 foreigners and 387 Russian citizens are prohibited to enter the territory of Ukraine upon the SBU materials.
The CI actively combats the Russian secret services’ efforts to create fake “people’s republics” in different regions of Ukraine. The SBU officers blocked the intentions of Russians and their associates to create “Bessarabia People’s Council”, “Budzhak Republic”, “Mykolaiv People’s Council” etc. These new formations were intended to be used to destabilize the social and political situation in the country. The sponsors also planned to initiate introduction of bills about the federalization of our state.
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