SBU informs: members of the intelligence network of Russian secret services are notified of suspicion in committing treason against the State in Kharkiv region
The SBU counterintelligence officers in cooperation with the SBU Office in Kharkiv region stopped the activity of the agent network of Russian military intelligence service in the region.
In the framework of criminal proceedings, initiated under Part 1 Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, the SBU operatives established that the Kharkiv resident organized an agent network involving 18 people under the orders of Russian curators. An agent-combat group and informers served on it. As Vasyl Hrytsak (the Head of the SBU) had previously reported, the group's curator was residing in Bielhorod. The SBU officers documented the repeated "visits" of the group’s leader to Russia in order to get the tasks.
The law enforcers detained the organizer of the network after receiving the secret data concerning military operations in the field of the State Defense Order. During the searches at the residence of the offender, the SBU officers seized the computer equipment and mobile phones provided by representatives of the Russian secret services in order to transfer the intelligence information. Also fourteen data mediums containing information with restriction access, e-mail addresses with passwords and data encoding passwords used for communication with the RF intelligence service were found.
In parallel, the residences of other members of the agent network, identified by the Ukrainian counterintelligence, were searched. As a result evidences confirming they worked for the RF secret services were documented. The SBU officers also found coordinates of weapon and ammunition caches equipped for sabotage. The law enforcers seized two RPG-22 grenade launchers, four F-1 grenades, RGD-2 with fuses and TNT block.
The SBU investigators notified the organizer and six members of the agent network of suspicion of committing the crime stipulated by Part 1 Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (treason against the State). The procedural actions regarding other offenders are under way.
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