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SBU arrests traitors who informed on Ukrainian troops for Russian intelligence

SBU arrests traitors who informed on Ukrainian troops for Russian intelligence
Article by: Anna Mostovych
Translated by: Anna Mostovych

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU)  has detained a highly placed traitor in the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and his “DNR” accomplice, SBU Chairman Valentyn Nalyvaichenko reported at a press briefing in Kyiv, Wednesday, February 4.

The SBU has detained a Ukrainian officer who worked at the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and his accomplice from the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic,” who were coordinating and organizing provocations, most notably the one in Kyiv on Tuesday, February 3. The two men were also providing information on the location of Ukrainian military units for Russian intelligence services and their Russian proxies in the Donbas “republics.”

“We have detained and arrested a citizen of Ukraine, a lieutenant colonel in one of the main departments of the General Staff of Ukraine. (This individual), named Chernobay, born in 1974, and his accomplice, a representative of “DNR,” together organized subversive activities in the Ukrainian army,” Nalyvaichenko said.

According to Nalyvaichenko, the two men organized the provocation in Kyiv on Tuesday night when a group of people tried to penetrate into the presidential administration building.  Additionally, the two provocateurs planned and carried out various activities intended to cause unrest  and undermine morale, such as inciting provocations among the volunteer battalions and passing on false information to volunteers and activists on alleged battle losses and the seemingly insurmountable battlefield conditions of the territorial defense battalions.

“This lieutenant colonel, using his position in the General Staff, was passing on this information and lying to people in order to provoke them. Earlier, he had cynically worked as an instructor in one of the volunteer battalions. It was there that he established contacts, developed agents, and used  these people to distort reality and incite provocations,” Nalyvaichenko said.

Nalyvaichenko also reported that these traitors, in coordination with Russia’s secret services, were planning armed provocations near the parliament building in Kyiv, but the SBU thwarted their plans in time when it seized a shipment containing a great quantity of weapons, including grenades, which were to be used for provocations near the Verkhovna Rada on Thursday, February 5.

“We have seized a huge shipment of weapons, which were hidden near Kyiv and were going to be used tomorrow in Kyiv,”  he said, adding that the cache of weapons included 10 grenade launchers, ammunition, and explosives.

“This was intended to provoke, organize, and exploit  sabotage  at a time when the Verkhovna Rada was going to plan and, I believe, designate the DNR and LNR as terrorist organizations,” he said.

Additionally, Nalyvaichenko noted that it was because of this traitor that militants learned the location and make-up of the Ukrainian units in order to then direct artillery fire at them.

Chernobay, the detained lieutenant colonel, handed over to the DNR militants and to Russian security  services the positions, navigational information, and exact locations of the territorial battalions so they could be attacked and Ukrainian soldiers destroyed.

“This group, using connections with the Russian secret services, distorted information and notified the TV stations controlled by Russian secret services in advance,” Nalyvaichenko said. This is why they always arrived on the scene of various provocations before any other journalists.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
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