Security Service of Ukraine shuts down spy network acting in five regions

Source : 112 Ukraine

It comprised of Ukrainian citizens recruited by the Russian FSB
14:27, 5 February 2021

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Counter-intelligence of Ukraine's SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) has exposed and shut down the spy network of the Russian FSB. The agent network acted in Kyiv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Zhytomyr, and Chernihiv regions. The press office of the SBU reported that on February 5.

Law enforcers found out that the citizens of Ukraine were recruited and completed reconnaissance tasks given by FSB workers, Vadim Dautov and Denis Sobko. The Russian agents prepared acts of sabotage. They were supposed to create conditions for such acts in the Mykolaiv region - namely, to facilitate the infiltration of sabotage groups from the occupied territories of Ukraine and to prepare a special training program for selected individuals. The saboteurs were supposed to reach certain objects, including the combat aircraft of Ukraine's Air Force at Kulbakino airfield.

Besides, FSB agents collected data about the stationing and movement of units of Ukraine's Armed Forces, the staff of Main Department of Intelligence of Ukraine's Defense Ministry, Special Operations Forces of the Navy HQ, 73rd Naval Centre for Special Operations of Ukraine's Armed Forces and their cooperation with foreign partners, etc.

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"We even documented an intention to kidnap and illegally remove a former Commander of Special Operations Forces to the aggressor country. For that, Russian special service offered a reward of USD 100,000", the SBU reported.

An arsenal was seized from the culprits, including four AK-74 machine guns, two handguns, two RPGs, 44 grenades, more than 4,000 rounds of various calibers, explosives and detonators, etc.

The detained agents of the exposed spy network can face a prison term of 12 to 15 years, with confiscation of property.

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