The counter-intelligence unit of the Security Service of Ukraine has conducted a multi-stage special operation. As a result of which, the agent network of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Federation was neutralized in Mykolaiv Oblast.
The details about the above mentioned has been shared by the SBU via their official social media handle. The perpetrators collected intelligence on the number and types of military equipment of the Defense Forces arriving in the region, in particular for repair and maintenance.
As per the details, shared by the SBU, “The resident of the group turned out to be an employee of a local defense enterprise, who was recruited by Russian intelligence during his studies at the military institute of the former Soviet Union. Since then, it has been in “standby mode” and was “uncanned” after the start of a full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation. Moreover, the resident created his own agent network in the territory of the southern region. He involved his wife, with whom he worked at the defense plant, and two more acquaintances: from the regional center and Ochakov. In this way, the attackers acted in two main directions of reconnaissance and subversive activities.”
“In the first, a couple of Russian agents were involved, who collected information about the available samples and the technical condition of Ukrainian weapons at the defense enterprise. For this, they used their access to his secret documentation and other closed information of the regime object. Two more Russian agents monitored the bases and movement routes of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which are involved in the defense of the region or counteroffensive operations on the southern front,” added SBU.
The Russian agency transmitted the received data to its resident, who was already supposed to “report” to the “curator” of the game. Anonymous chats in one of the messengers were used for communication.
However, SBU counter-intelligence agents exposed the Russian intelligence network and detained all four of its members in an attempt to transfer intelligence to the aggressor.
During the searches, Russian documents, prohibited communist symbols and unregistered weapons were seized from the perpetrators.
On the basis of the collected evidence, the investigators of the Security Service notified the three detainees of suspicion under Part 2 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (treason committed under martial law).
The fourth defendant is indicted under Part 2 of Art. 114-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (unauthorized dissemination of information about the transfer, transfer of weapons, armaments, military supplies to Ukraine, movement, transfer or placement of the Armed Forces).
All of them are currently in custody. The investigation is ongoing. The perpetrators face life imprisonment.