"Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Lviv found citizen of the Russian Federation guilty of committing a crime under Part 1 of Article 114 (espionage) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and sentenced him to 10 years in prison," the statement reads.
According to the SBU, on July 30 this year, SBU agents in Lviv detained a citizen of Russia who had been commissioned by the Russian military Intelligence to create a network of agents out of former and current military servicemen.
"The criminal had to pass illegally obtained classified information to his supervisors, who coordinated the anti-Ukrainian activities from the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea. Leaking of classified information was stopped by the counterintelligence service of the SBU", the authority announced.
It is also noted that the investigation ascertained that the Russian spy had arrived in Ukraine two years before and settled in Lviv in the guise of business practices. In March, the foreigner intensified his spying activities, trying to find persons who could for a fee provide him with information concerning the Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Bodies of Ukraine in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in the east.
"The SBU caught the attacker red-handed when he was trying to get information about dispatching military personnel to the area of the ATO," the authority added.