The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported that two officers of counter-intelligence, who were at the ships seized by the Russian side in Kerch Strait are prepared to be transferred to Moscow. Ihor Huskov, the Head of SBU Apparatus made such statement as 112 Ukraine reported.
“As for today, really, there is information that two SBU officers who are in the Russian captivity are prepared for the transfer to Moscow for the holding of the investigative actions with them within the criminal proceeding falsified by the Russian side,” Huskov said.
He also explained why the officers were at the ships seized by Russia. According to him, they carried out the counter-intelligence provision of units of Ukraine’s’ Naval Forces.
“We explained this situation, as for me, the explanations were very informative. It was reported on SBU website that our workers are the officers of the military counter-intelligence, who, according to Article 12 of Law of Ukraine On SBU, carried out the counter-intelligence provision of units of Ukraine’s’ Naval Forces. I emphasize that this practice is standard for all special service, beginning with the western special services and ending with the special service of the Russian Federation. Any additional tasks or fakes spread by particular Russian mass media on the supposed presence of the SBU officers for the preparation of some diversions do not correspond with reality,” Huskov said.
The Chairman of Ukraine’s Security Service Vasyl Hrytsak confirmed that two officers of counter-intelligence service were on board of Ukrainian military vessels, which were attacked and seized by the Russian side in Kerch Strait.
As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.
Earlier it was reported that the Ukrainian sailors, arrested by the Russian special force fighters in Kerch Strait, were transferred from Simferopol detention centre in the occupied Crimea.
It was also reported that Ukrainian sailors detained in Kerch Strait were transferred from annexed Crimea to Moscow prison. In his turn, Deputy Prosecutor of Crimea Ihor Ponochovny could not confirm the information of the lawyer to 112 Ukraine and claimed that it was not verified yet.