Ukraine's SBU arrests a Russian spy on 2 April 2016. Photo: SBU's press service
13 agents of Russian special services are under investigation in Ukraine. Among them is the ATO Deputy Chief of Staff, Colonel of the National Guard, an employee of the Department of Military personnel, a servicemen of the Armed Forces and others, according to a statement of the Ukrainian Security Service’s (SBU’s) press center on 16 June 2016.
Overall, 367 criminal cases have been opened based on SBU intelligence data during June 2015-May 2016. 76 of them are for state treason and three – for spying.
During the last year, SBU employees liquidated 30 terrorist groups that were prepared by Russian special services to commit sabotage not only in the war zone but also in peaceful regions of Ukraine. 22 people are already convicted. In particular, a Russian citizen and employee of the Chief Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces was convicted to 9 years in jail. He was tasked by his superiors to recruit citizens of Ukraine and tried to obtain secret documents on samples of modern military weapons.
A former employee of the National Guard who also collected intelligence on orders of Russian special services. A former officer of the Air Force of Ukraine who gave written consent to work for the FSB received 12 years in prison. He gave the Russians information about the flight routes of military aircraft.
Earlier, the SBU prevented a transition of a Ukrainian intelligence team to the side of the Russian-backed militants of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic.” A Russian spy who was employed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine was the commander of the team which was based on the separation line between Ukrainian-controlled territory and the Occupied Regions of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts (ORDLO). The spy entered the ranks of the Ukrainian Army during one of the waves of mobilization. After he was appointed as commander of the intelligence team, he gave away Ukrainian military positions to the Russian-backed militants of ORDLO and informed them of the locations where the Ukrainian intelligence operatives were carrying out missions.
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Edited by: A. N.
Tags: FSB (Russia's Federal Security Service), GRU (Russian Military Main Intelligence Directorate), Russian agents of influence, Russian special services, Russian spy network, SBU, spy, spy scandal, SVR (Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service)