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SBU apprehends Russian spy


In Rivne the SBU Counterintelligence officers apprehended an agent of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian General Staff.

The spy turned out to be a Ukrainian citizen, who permanently lives in Russia. He was tasked to recruit a senior officer of the Ukrainian Army. For transferring documents classified “Secret” and “Top secret” concerning military training, armor, mobilization deployment and the Ukrainian Armed Forces military co-operation with foreign partners the Main Intelligence Directorate agent had to offer the Ukrainian officer and his family Russian citizenship and money. The sum depended on the actuality and importance of the military secrets.

It was identified that the handler of the spy was a Russian secret service officer Oleksandr Iliukhin.

After getting the offer of co-operation with Russian secret services the Ukrainian officer contacted the SBU. On October 7, 2016 the Russian spy came to Ukraine to get the secret documents which the SBU had already “processed”. The next day he was apprehended by the SBU officers while getting the USB drive with disinformation which he thought contained secret military documents.

Investigative actions are under way.


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Zhydkov Dmytro Mykhailovych
Shevchenko Daniil Borysovych
Yatsenko Viktor Viacheslavovych

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