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Ukraine's counterintelligence busts army man who worked for Russian mercenaries in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

In April 2014, the resident of Svyatohirsk, Donetsk region moved to the occupied area of Donbas and voluntarily joined the illegal armed formations of Russian mercenaries; he collected information about various units of the Ukrainian army, their location, movement, staff capacity, available weaponry and personal data of their commanders
15:15, 20 January 2020

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The counterintelligence of Ukraine's SBU (State Security Service) has busted and detained a Ukrainian army man who worked for Russian special services, collecting data about the Ukrainian military units in the combat zone in Donbas. The press center of the SBU reported that on January 20.

Operatives and investigators found out that in April 2014, when the Russian aggression kicked off in Donbas, the resident of Svyatohirsk, Donetsk region moved to the occupied area of Donbas and voluntarily joined the illegal armed formations of Russian mercenaries.

"As he was on combat duty in terrorist groups of (...) the 1st Army Corps of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, he was recruited by members of Russian special services. In early 2019, the militant moved from the temporarily occupied territory and joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine as a contract serviceman, so as to complete the tasks of Russia's FSB to get the reconnaissance data in the military sphere", reads the message.

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The man collected information about various units of the Ukrainian army, their location, movement, staff capacity, available weaponry and personal data of their commanders.

Law enforcers detained the culprit near a military base where he intended to collect the data. He is now suspected of state treason and creation of a terrorist group. The court is currently choosing the pre-trial restriction measure.

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