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Belarus KGB recruits Ukrainian to spy on soldiers, border guards

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian was offered cooperation under the threat of deportation
12:32, 9 January 2018

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The State Security Committee of Belarus recruited Ukrainian who lived in Belarus for 11 years. This was reported by the Belarusian TV channel Belsat.

"A citizen of Ukraine, after 11 years of living in Belarus and returning to Ukraine, came to Ukraine’s Security Service department in Chernihiv region and confessed that he was recruited by the State Security Committee of Belarus," the report said.

It is noted that during 2006-2017 he permanently resided with his wife in Khoiniki district of Gomel region.

In June 2017, the Belarusian authorities deprived him of his residence permit, and he returned to his parents in the village of Ripky, Chernihiv region, sometimes visiting his wife in Belarus.

Last year in July, during his regular trip to Belarus, at the Novaya Guta checkpoint, under the threat of deportation and prohibition of entry to Belarus, the KGB officer offered Ukrainian to work for Belarus. He agreed by signing the relevant confidential documents.

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The Ukrainian was supposed to receive assignments and pass over collected information to Belarus during personal meetings with a KGB officer at Novaya Guta.

He was to collect information about local residents who took part in the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donbas, as well as intelligence data on vehicles and personnel of the State Border Guard Service and law enforcement agencies of Ukraine located in Ripky district near the border with Belarus.

"In October 2017, criminal proceedings were opened against the Ukrainian (high treason) .This crime is punishable by imprisonment for a term of 12 to 15 years. However, because of his voluntary appeal to the Security Service, as well as the absence of losses caused to the state interests of Ukraine, the man was released from criminal liability, "Belsat reported.

As it was reported earlier the Council of Ministers of Belarus on January 4 issued a decree on the closure of Consulate General of the country in Odesa. The government of Belarus decided that the Consulate General in Odesa should be closed until February 23, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received an order to take appropriate measures to close the diplomatic mission.

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