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SBU blocks reconnaissance and subversion activities of Russian Military Intelligence (video)

The Security Service of Ukraine is implementing a complex of systematic measures to counter reconnaissance and subversion activities against our state, organized by the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, said the representative of the SBU Counterintelligence Department Volodymyr Nastiuk at a briefing.

At the end of the year, the SBU officers blocked the activity of the human intelligence network run by Russian Military Intelligence in the territory of the Mykolaiv region. The operation was conducted under the procedural guidance of the General Military Prosecutor's Office.  On December 20, the Security Service of Ukraine detained network leader - the captain of the first rank of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in reserve, who also has the citizenship of the Russian Federation. "We found that he was recruited by the officer of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces in Sevastopol city and repeatedly traveled to annexed Crimea AR to conduct human intelligence meetings," said Volodymyr Nastiuk.

The SBU found that, according to the tasks of the Russian Intelligence Service, a former senior naval officer and his accomplices collected and transmitted restricted military information about the activities of military units located in the Ochakiv garrison of the Mykolaiv region, in particular, their involvement in the Joint Forces Operation on East of Ukraine.  "The last task of the Russian handlers was to create and coordinate further activities in the Ochakiv region of the "combat underground” to conduct destructive measures to destabilize the situation in the region," said the SBU Counterintelligence representative.

During the procedural actions at the place of residence of the Russian intelligence agent, law enforcement officers seized the means of communication with the Russian handlers, computer equipment and electronic information storage devices, with the help of which the collected information, documents, including restricted ones were processed.

Now he was served notice of suspicion in committing the crime, under Part 1 Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (high treason) and the custody was chosen as a measure of restraint for 2 months. 

The urgent investigations are under way. Individual procedural decisions will be made in relation to other members of the network.

At the same time, SBU Counterintelligence conducted detection operation for exposure of two other human intelligence groups of the Russian Military Intelligence in the territory of the Kharkiv and Odesa regions.

According to the SBU, the Main Division of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces remains at the forefront of the Kremlin's aggressive policy towards our country and poses a significant threat to our state security. "It was the representatives of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces who organized the annexation of the Crimea and the transition to the control of the Russian Federation of a significant part of the territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions," Volodymyr Nastiuk emphasized. Today, the Ukrainian Counterintelligence demonstrates the ability to expose and stop the well-prepared covert operations of Russian Special Services, he said.

SBU Press Centre


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