Ukraine’s SBU security service has apprehended three collaborators in Kharkiv Oblast, including the deputy mayor of Vovchansk, the SBU said in a message on its website on Sept. 23.
The message also said two locals of the recently-liberated town of Kupyansk were detained.
“The 67-year-old (Ukrainian) citizen served as Vovchansk deputy mayor, and voluntarily aided and abetted the enemy during the occupation of the city,” the message said.
According to the SBU, one of the other collaborators, a woman, provided Russian forces with lists of Ukrainian veterans and activists living the city. She helped the occupation “authorities” procure construction materials to erect fortifications, and took part in taking down Ukrainian flags from administrative buildings across Vovchansk. She will remain under arrest and stand trial for treason, facing up to 15 years in prison.
SBU also said it detained two residents on Kupyansk, who were “ideologically compelled” to assist the occupying Russian troops in policing the city.
The two men are accused of actively helping enemy troops to “maintain order” in Kupyansk, including taking punitive measures against patriotic citizens.