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SBU: mercenary of Russian illegal armed group is moved to the territory under the control of Ukraine

The Security Service of Ukraine confirms the fact of moving to the territory under the control of Ukraine the mercenary of the Russian illegal armed group in Donbas, Svitlana Dryuk and the “head of the tank battalion headquarters of 11-th Separate Motorized Rifle Regiment of 1-st AC PM DNR" with the call-sign “Veterok".

The moving became the final stage of the long-standing operation of the SBU's CI, which resulted in receiving of a valuable witness of Russian military aggression in Ukraine, as well as important materials on the leadership role of career officers of the Armed Forces of Russia and officials of Russian special services in terrorist activities in Donbas.

Also, the SBU received additional information on the organizational and staff structure and staffing level of the illegal armed groups units, the number of military equipment and combat positions, storage facilities for petrol oil, ammunition and heavy weapons, which is constantly coming from Russia.

In fact, the entire operation took place under conditions of a strict counter-intelligence regime of the FSB of Russia in the temporarily occupied territory, in connection with which the SBU officers were demanded unprecedented level of conspiracy and skill in conditions of heightened psychological pressure.

As the SBU Head Vasyl Hrytsak noted: "This operation was a competition between mentality and professionalism between Russian and Ukrainian special services, and the result was another proof of Russian armed aggression."

Pre-trial investigation is under way.

SBU Press Centre


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