SBU detects attempt of Russian special services to recruit colonel of Armed Forces of Ukraine
SBU counter-intelligence established that a former serviceman, colonel of reserve of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, during his travel to relatives on temporarily annexed territory of the Crimea, was identified by Russian FSB agents.
It is established that during conversation the agents resorted to psychological pressure, blackmail and intimidation regarding his relatives. They pressured him into confidential cooperation with FSB. FSB handlers aimed at engaging the former serviceman in collecting the military data regarding defence capabilities and combat readiness of military units in the region. According to the instructions, the “source” had to hand over the intelligence during his further visits to Crimean peninsula.
Having returned home, the man acknowledged the negative consequences of this cooperation and applied the SBU. telling all the circumstances of the recruiting and mission realization.
Taking into account the fact that the ex-serviceman voluntarily reported the law enforcement about FSB intention to engage him into confidential collaboration as well as he did not carry out any tasks, the court released him according to the Part 2 Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
SBU ones again reminds that aggressor’s special services use any opportunity to use its smeary provocations on our countrymen who go to Russian or temporarily occupied territories. We also emphasise that in accordance with Part 2 Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, “citizens of Ukraine are released from criminal liability if they did not commit any acts requested by a foreign state, foreign organization or their representatives and voluntarily reported on links with them and the received task”.
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