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 SBU Counterintelligence exposes Russian FSB espionage ring operating in Ukraine. PHOTOS

Counterintelligence department of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) exposed espionage ring handled by the Black Sea Fleet Office of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) involved in subversive and intelligence activities on the territory of Ukraine.

A source in the counterintelligence agency told Censor.NET that agent of the Russian Federal Security Service operating under nom de guerre Kompozitor (Eng.: composer – Ed), a citizen of Ukraine, was caught red-handed in February 2018. He was handled by member of the Black Sea Fleet Office of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, Major Pavel Voronin.

The counterintelligence also found that Major Voronin together with a former SBU officer who defected to the FSB made attempts to recruit a member of Ukrainian Navy in 2014 and 2015 (to collect intelligence about the Ukrainian Navy for the Russian FSB).

The source also said another Ukrainian national, Mr Zh., who was an agent of the Black Sea Fleet Office of the FSB (former officer of Ukrainian police directorate in charge of the Odesa region, who was recruited in 2016 and operated under nom de guerre Yura) was exposed in May 2018. He was handled by Voronin as well.

"After being recruited, Mr Zh. held 24 covert meetings with Major Voronin in occupied Crimea during which the agent received written assignments to collect intelligence about the Southern Operational Command of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the FSB, SBU officers in the Odesa region, members of the Ukraine’s Defense Ministry Intelligence Agency in the Odesa region, employees of the military enlistment office in charge of the Odesa’s Prymorskyi district," the source said.

It was also reported that FSB tried to infiltrate Mr Zh. to the ranks of the SBU between June 2017 and May 2018. He was tasked to identify Ukrainian counterintelligence officers, gather information about their efforts aimed at exposing operations carried out by the FSB and Russian military units deployed in occupied Crimea, identify their methods and agents.

"A number of members of the SBU, Ukrainian Ground and Naval Forces whom the operatives of the Black Sea Fleet Office of the FSB tried to recruit were exposed in the multi-stage special operation of the SBU counterintelligence that lasted almost 2 years. The SBU counterintelligence also identified safe houses all across occupied Crimea which were used by high-ranking officials of the Central Office of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation to hold covert meetings with the Kremlin agents uncovered by the SBU," the source said.

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Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3072456
 
 
 
 
 
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