SBU Head confirms presence of SBU officers on board of Ukrainian Navy ships captured by Russia
SBU Head Vasyl Hrytsak confirms the presence of the officers of the SBU Military Counterintelligence Department on board of Ukrainian ships attacked and seized by Russia in violation of the international legislation in the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018.
SBU officers performed service tasks on the counterintelligence support of the Ukrainian Navy unit, as provided by Article 12 of the Law of Ukraine ‘About the Security Service of Ukraine’.
During more than four years of the Russian aggression, Ukrainian Military Counterintelligence officers are ‘shoulder to shoulder’ on the front line, with fellow soldiers from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard and the State Border Service. As will always be the case. The “amazement” of some Russian officials concerning the presence of SBU officers on Navy ships does not mean such practice is absent in counterintelligence bodies of the aggressor country. The real amazement lies in the fact that two Ukrainian boats and small tugboat the Russians deployed six FSB’s and four Navy ships, as well as combat helicopters and Air Force aircrafts. According to the confirmed SBU operative information, one of the Russian strike aircrafts used two unmanned combat missiles against the Ukrainian boats, heavily wounding one of the SBU officers.
The Security Service of Ukraine takes all necessary measures within its area of responsibility to release Ukrainian captives and return them to their families. At the same time, the Security Service of Ukraine requests the top command of Russian intelligence to stop psychological and physical pressure on Ukrainian soldiers, currently exercised to justify the act of flippant aggression.
SBU Press Centre
For the Attention of the SBU Head