On 18 December, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces confirmed media reports from the previous day that eavesdropping equipment had been discovered in the office of the Army’s Commander-in-Chief, Valery Zaluzhnyi.
Several Ukrainian media outlets reported it earlier, citing their military and security sources.
The General Staff says that on 17 December, “elements of equipment for capturing information were found in one of the locations,” during a routine inspection of the offices.
“The listening devices were installed in the offices of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and employees of the Staff’s Office,” the report reads..
According to the General Staff, it notified the Security Service of Ukraine to “establish the circumstances of the incident, its consequences, and the persons involved.”
Zaluzhnyi gives more details
In his comment to RBC Ukraine, the Commander-in-Chief confirmed today that the eavesdropping equipment was found in one of his offices:
“Let me tell you this: this is the room I was supposed to use today. Yesterday, during the inspection, they found [the listening devices] in it,” Zaluzhnyi said.
He also confirmed that the bugged office was not his permanent location:
“I have several places where I work. And this happened in one of them. I haven’t been there for a long time. But we checked and found [the equipment],” said Zaluzhnyi, adding the eavesdropping equipment was found not only in his office, but elsewhere in the office too.