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Person pretending to be Ukrainian military officer arrested by SBU in Dnipro

18 September, 2023 Monday
14:58

The individual was actually an agent of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) and had been posing as a Ukrainian officer to gather information about the Ukrainian Armed Forces. If convicted, the detainee could face life imprisonment

The SBU reported this development.

SBU stated that their counterintelligence unit conducted a complex operation in Dnipro to apprehend the FSB agent.

His primary mission was to gather intelligence on the movements of Ukrainian Armed Forces units involved in the eastern front's counteroffensive. To conceal his activities, he dressed in the uniform of Ukrainian soldiers.

The report reveals that the Russian agent focused on monitoring the routes of military equipment and weapons transport by rail, as well as the locations of Ukrainian Air Defense Forces in the regional center. 

To collect this information, the detainee regularly visited various parts of the city, taking photographs of Ukrainian facilities.

The captured data was transmitted to his FSB handler via a messaging app, including text messages and media files. 

He received monetary rewards from the Russian special service for each completed task, and these payments were concealed through cryptocurrency transactions.

Investigation details 

The investigation found that the occupiers required this intelligence to plan combat operations and acts of sabotage aimed at impeding the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Vuhledar and Novosilka districts.

SBU personnel arrested the Russian agent while he was engaged in a task near a strategic site in Dnipro. During the search, a mobile phone containing evidence of communication with the aggressor and cartridges for automatic weapons were discovered.

As of now, the Security Service has formally informed the suspect of their suspicions under Article 111, Part 2 of the Criminal Code, which pertains to treason during wartime. There's also consideration for additional charges under Article 263 of the Criminal Code, related to illegal possession of weapons, ammunition, or explosives.

The individual is presently in custody and may face life imprisonment.

Note: According to Article 62 of the Ukrainian Constitution, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

  • Additionally, the Security Service has disclosed information about the suspicion of a resident of Odesa who collaborated with Russian special services and leaked information about Ukrainian defense forces. 
  • Specifically, they arrested a resident of Kherson who, following the city's liberation, worked for Russian State Duma deputy Igor Kastyukevich and documented the locations of Ukrainian military units.
     
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