Moscow is using spies from inside the defence sector of Ukraine to pass sensitive and confidential information back to Russia. The following claim has been made by the Ukrainian authorities.
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s representative to the Ukrainian parliament, Fedir Venislavskyi, stated on Thursday that intelligence had mentioned that espionage from within the defence sector was permitting Russia to anticipate Ukrainian moves on the battlefield and was potentially undermining the war effort.
Venislavskyi mentioned in a briefing on Thursday that, “We cannot underestimate the enemy. Their main intelligence directorate unfortunately has many agents, including in our defence sector.”
“I think that they partly understand the next steps of our armed forces that we will see in the near future.”
Meanwhile, the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) continue to work around the clock to investigate and detain Russian agents operating inside Ukraine.
Over the last month a plethora of arrests have been made, including Russians attempting to infiltrate the Ukrainian Armed Forces, local government officials, and FSB agents who were caught trying to pass on coordinates of thermal power plants in Kyiv.
As per the statement released by the SSU on Wednesday, “The traitors were interested in areas of Ukrainian military units, including the National Guard of Ukraine, thermal power plants as well as railway junctions.”
“The collected data was passed to occupiers via anonymous Telegram channels. For each ‘report’, the invaders has paid the agents UAH 5,000 (USD 117).
“To conceal payments, the spies has used electronic cryptocurrency exchanges as well as bank cards issued for fictitious persons.
“As per the investigation, the group was formed by a staff member of the FSB Rostov office after the full-scale invasion started and included four residents of Kyiv.
“The agents took pictures of facilities and sent data to Russians with markings on electronic maps & detailed descriptions of the surrounding areas.
Whereas, the SSU was ahead of the curve and promptly exposed, located and detained the traitors.”