A Russian agent who tried to join the National Guard’s Azov Regiment has been detained in the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv, Ukraine’s SBU security service reported on Sept. 16.
“The detainee turned out to be a resident of Donetsk Oblast, who joined the groups of the ‘DPR’ (‘Donetsk People’s Republic’) terrorist organizationin 2015,” the SBU said.
“He was a member of the Russian-controlled so-called ‘1st and 2nd Army Corps.’ In particular, he served in the special purpose unit of the ‘DPR’s Republican Guard.’”
The perpetrator took an active part in hostilities in the Donbas until 2018, but later he left for Russia, where he was recruited by the Russian special services to carry out reconnaissance and subversive activities against Ukraine.
In order to fulfill his task, he illegally crossed the state border before the full-scale invasion, but was exposed during an attempt to join the Azov Regiment.
The detainee faces from eight to 15 years in prison under Part 1 of Art. 258-3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (participation in a terrorist group or terrorist organization).