Ukraine’s SBU security service has exposed a retired Ukrainian pilot who collected intelligence on Ukrainian Armed Forces airfields and the personal data of military pilots for Russia, the agency reported on June 20.
The pilot, from Berdyansk in Southern Ukraine, reached out to a commander of Russia's 52nd Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment, whom he had personally known from pilot school.
He passed on lists of Ukrainian pilots to the Russians, with a particular focus on those with experience flying combat aircraft and attack helicopters, with the aim of recruiting said pilots.
The alleged traitor contacted his former classmates and covertly questioned them, seeking information about their contacts, location, and places of service, especially airfields.
The accused traitor is believed to be hiding in Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory. If captured and convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
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