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General Staff confirms that 'bug' was found in Zaluzhnyi's office

18 December, 2023 Monday
15:06

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has launched a criminal investigation after devices were discovered in one of the potential locations of the Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi.

The SBU press center reports.

It is noted that the proceedings were opened under Article 359, Part 2 (illegal acquisition, sale or use of special technical means of obtaining information) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Law enforcement officers emphasized that the equipment was not found directly in Valeri Zaluzhnyi's office, but in one of the premises that could be used by him for work in the future. Preliminary, the found device was non-working. No means of accumulating information or means of remote transmission of audio recordings were found.

First, RBC-Ukraine and Babel wrote about the wiretapping in Valerii Zaluzhnyi's office, citing their sources in military circles. It is noted that the detected devices for reading information are made of elements of an unidentified sample that does not allow identifying the installer. "These devices were discovered today during the preparation of the premises for work," the sources said. Babel notes that the Security Service of Ukraine has not yet refuted or confirmed this information, but notes that it has launched an investigation. In addition, Ukrayinska Pravda notes that listening devices were also found on Zaluzhnyi's employees.

The General Staff confirmed that during a routine inspection of the premises, elements of equipment for capturing information were found in one of the locations. "The wiretapping devices were installed in the offices intended for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and employees of the apparatus for supporting his activities," the statement reads.

The Security Service of Ukraine has been notified to establish the circumstances of the incident, its consequences and the persons involved.

Zaluzhnyi commented on the news. This was reported by RBC-Ukraine. "This is the room I was supposed to use today. Yesterday, during the inspection, they found (the listening device - ed.) in it," Zaluzhnyi said. He also confirmed that this office was not his permanent location. "I have several places where I work. And this happened in one of them. I haven't been there for a long time. But we checked and found (the wiretap - ed.)," the chief said.






 
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