Russian secret agent gets 12 years for espionage against Ukraine


A resident of Kyiv, who was a Russian secret services agent according to the indictment brought against him by the Military Counterespionage Directorate of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Censor.NET reports citing the statement by the SBU press office.

The law enforcers established that a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Soviet Union's Armed Forces was activated by the Russian secret services after Russia launched its aggression against Ukraine. He was tasked to recruit informants from among the Ukrainian military personnel to obtain intelligence on combat units of the Ukraine's Armed Forces deployed in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone.

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The operatives recorded that the Russian spy tried to recruit a commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces' detachment in Kyiv. Following the "meeting" the Ukrainian army officer immediately informed the SBU on the spy.

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The SBU detained the agent at the Senkivka border crossing point in the Chernihiv region in April 2016. He was heading to the Bryansk Oblast to meet with a member of the Russian Military Intelligence Agency. As the law enforcement officers inspected the Russian agent's belongings, they found classified documents concealed inside the lining of his coat that provided information on the defenses and encampments of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the ATO zone.

According to the military experts' conclusion, this intelligence would have been used by the enemy for committing artillery strikes on the positions of the Ukrainian army and carrying out acts of sabotage.

Desnianskyi district court of Kyiv convicted the detainee of high treason and sentenced him to 12-year imprisonment with confiscation of all his property.

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Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n464537