Cybersecurity experts of the Security Service of Ukraine have apprehended a Russian agent in Odessa who was working for the FSB.
This was reported by the agency's press service.
For regular monetary 'compensation' from the occupiers, their accomplice collected intelligence about the locations of Defense Forces stationed within the regional center. Additionally, after hostile aerial attacks on the city, she would survey the affected streets and document the consequences of the attacks.
For each completed task, the Russian agent received up to 20,000 Ukrainian hryvnias in equivalent cryptocurrency from her 'handler' at the FSB. These funds were transferred to her electronic wallet as digital currency.
The collected intelligence was needed by aggressors to prepare new and adjust repeat aerial strikes on Odessa using cruise or ballistic missiles and kamikaze drones.
SBU operatives apprehended the offender during counterintelligence measures as she conducted pre-reconnaissance of the vicinity of a Ukrainian military facility. According to investigation findings, the Russian agent turned out to be a local resident with pro-Russian views who sought to 'earn' through collaboration with an enemy intelligence agency.
To maintain her cover, she consistently changed her mobile numbers and phones. During searches at her residence, bank cards and communication devices with evidence of her espionage activities in favor of Russia were discovered.
Based on the obtained evidence, SBU investigators informed the detainee of suspicions under Article 111, Part 2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (state treason committed during a state of war). Currently, she is in custody and has fully confessed to her collaboration with the hostile intelligence agency. The investigation is ongoing to establish all the circumstances of the crime. The offender faces potential life imprisonment.
The counterintelligence operations were conducted by SBU operatives in the Odessa, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions under the procedural guidance of the Odessa Regional Prosecutor's Office.