The agents of the SBU, Ukraine's state security service who were among the Ukrainian sailors captured by the Russian Spetsnaz last month were on counter-intelligence missions. This is mentioned in the SBU response to the request of the UNN news agency.
'The officers of Ukrainian special service, captured by the Russian side in Kerch Strait on November 25, carried out the missions for counter-intelligence provision of the naval unit of Ukraine, as it is foreseen by the law on the SBU', the message says.
At that, the Russian side did not offer to exchange the detained SBU agents.
Previously, Dmitriy Polyanskiy, the Russian permanent representative in the UN claimed that the two Security Service operatives were among the Ukrainian sailors captured in the Kerch Strait. The Russian media revealed one of the names, Lieutenant Andriy Drach who was captured among the crew members of Nikopol boat; the other name remained undisclosed.
Previously, the Ukrainian State Security Service reported that the former servicemen of this agency were among those who captured the Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait.