A Russian agent who assisted Russian invasion forces with reconnaissance in Sumy Oblast has been sentenced to 15 years in prison by a court in Ukraine, Ukraine’s SBU security service reported on Dec. 26.
Together with an accomplice, the convict collected information about the deployment locations, number of personnel, and armaments of Ukrainian forces in the region. He planned to use this data to prepare a breakthrough for a Russian sabotage and reconnaissance group.
The convict is said to be a local resident who was recruited by the Russian FSB security service at the beginning of the full-scale invasion. An FSB agent was attached to him to collect intelligence.
Both the convict, and an accomplice, were detained during a special SBU counter-intelligence operation in August.
During the counter-intelligence raids, law enforcement officers found computer equipment and mobile phones with evidence of secret correspondence with Russian agents.
The pair took photos and video recordings of Ukrainian military facilities, and transferred this data to the FSB in the form of media files GPS-tagged to the location, according to law enforcement.
The court found one of the Russian agents guilty under part 2 of Art. 28, Part 2 of Art. 111 (Treason committed under martial law by prior conspiracy by a group of persons) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
In early December, another traitor was also sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Russian invaders have been systematically shelling the border of Sumy Oblast from the territory of the Russian Federation, following the retreat of the Russian army in the area at the end of March 2022.