Ukraine defense industry worker detained for adjusting enemy fire near Zaporizhzhya

29 November 2022, 05:52 PM
The detainee actively cooperated with the occupiers (Photo:SBU)

The detainee actively cooperated with the occupiers (Photo:SBU)

Ukraine’s SBU security service has detained an enemy spotter in Zaporizhzhya Oblast for providing Russian forces with information on strategic Ukrainian infrastructure, the SBU's press office said on Telegram on Nov. 29.

The suspect is a Ukrainian defense industry worker, the agency added, saying that he is believed to have assisted in adjusting the trajectory of Russia missile strikes on energy infrastructure and other critical facilities.

With the start of the full-scale invasion, he was allegedly recruited by Russian special services for reconnaissance and subversive operations in the south of Ukraine. According to the SBU, the suspect was engaged in pro-Russian activities on social media, which brought him to Russia’s attention. He was promised with a sinecure if the oblast was occupied, the agency said.

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After a strike, the SBU claimed that the suspect would visit the impact sites to record the effects of the hits and report back to the enemy. He also secretly collected information about the stationing and relocation of Ukrainian military equipment in Zaporizhzhya.

During their investigation, the SBU spotted the location of the suspect and detained him. During a raid on his house, law enforcers seized a mobile phone and computer equipment with evidence of hidden messaging with his Russian supervisor.

The suspect has been remanded to pre-trial detention.

Russian troops have been systematically shelling populated areas of Zaporizhzhya Oblast.

In the early hours of Nov. 23,  Russian missiles hit a maternity ward in the town of Vilniansk, the north of Zaporizhzhya Oblast. A two-day-old baby boy was killed, though his mother and a doctor survived.

Early on Nov. 25, Russian missiles hit the outskirts of Zaporizhzhya, having damaged a hospital and a car service station. No casualties were reported.

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