Dnipro: SSU detains FSB agent posing as a military man to spy on the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Dnipro: SSU detains FSB agent posing as a military man to spy on the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Dnipro: SSU detains FSB agent posing as a military man to spy on the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ukraine news 18 Sep 2023 at 13:53

The Counterintelligence division of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) conducted a multi-stage special operation that led to the apprehension of a Russian FSB agent in Dnipro. The agent was collecting intelligence regarding the movements of Ukrainian military units involved in the counteroffensive on the eastern front. This was reported by the SSU press service.

To conceal his intelligence and subversive activities, the criminal would dress in the military uniform of Ukrainian defenders before embarking on his assignments.

The Russian agent had a particular focus on the routes of railway trains carrying modern military equipment, weaponry, and ammunition for the Armed Forces.

Additionally, he attempted to identify the combat positions of the Ukrainian People's Defense Units (PPU) in the regional center.

To gather intelligence, the suspect would regularly tour the city, taking photographs of Ukrainian installations.

The intelligence obtained was relayed to his "handler" at the FSB through a messenger in the form of text messages and media files.

For each completed task, the enemy collaborator would receive financial compensation from the Russian special service. To obscure the channels of funding, the FSB agent would receive funds on a bank card via cryptocurrency operations.

Based on available information, the espionage information was needed by the occupiers for planning military operations and diversions aimed at slowing down the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Vuhledar and Novosilka areas.

SSU operatives detained the Russian agent while he was executing an enemy task near one of the strategic facilities in Dnipro.

During the search of the suspect, a mobile phone with evidence of correspondence with the aggressor was found, as well as ammunition for automatic weapons.

Currently, SSU investigators have informed the suspect of suspicion under Part 2 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (state treason committed under wartime conditions).

The question of additional qualification of his criminal actions under Article 263 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (unlawful handling of weapons, ammunition, or explosives) is being addressed.

He is currently in custody, and the investigation is ongoing to establish all the circumstances of the crime. The perpetrator faces the possibility of life imprisonment.


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