Ukraine’s SBU nabs Russian agent collecting data on HIMARS, minefields outside Kyiv
Interception of a Russian agent's conversation with an informant (Photo:video screenshot / Security Service of Ukraine / YouTube)
Ukraine’s SBU security service has detained a Russian agent who was collecting intelligence on the HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems and maps of minefields outside the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, the agency reported on April 21.
He was charged with treason under martial law (Part 2 of Art. 111 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code).
The agent turned out to be a lawyer who previously worked in the prosecutor’s office but failed to pass certification and was dismissed in 2021.
He was later recruited by the Russian special services for intelligence and subversive activities against Ukraine.
On the instructions of his Russian supervisors, the man tried to obtain maps of minefields created by Ukrainian defenders on the approaches to Kyiv and Chernihiv Oblast, as well as in the frontline areas of Donbas.
The agent also spied on possible HIMARS positions, as well as the location of warehouses with ammunition, fuel, and lubricants.
He also sought out informants and offered them large sums of money for classified information.
“The invaders needed intelligence information for an air strike at Ukrainian troop units, as well as creating their own map of Ukrainian fortified position,” the SBU said.
The investigation established that the lawyer had also organized the illegal departure of Ukrainians of military age abroad. For this, he involved several accomplices in the scheme who offered his clients false documents to escape.
The SBU officers detained the lawyer when he was transmitting the simulated coordinates of the HIMARS base.
The investigation continues.
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