Ukraine’s SBU nabs three Kharkiv-based Russian agents collecting data for guiding missile strikes

30 June, 03:31 PM
The perpetrator was arrested in Kharkiv (Photo:SBU/Telegram)

The perpetrator was arrested in Kharkiv (Photo:SBU/Telegram)

Ukraine’s SBU security service has detained three Russian agents in the city of Kharkiv who were collecting intelligence to help guide missile strikes on the city, the security service reported on Telegram on June 30.

The suspects also collected intelligence on the whereabouts and movement of Ukrainian forces in the region, primarily those units involved in the counter-offensive on the eastern front.

The suspects reportedly collected data on the movement and storage sites of foreign weapons and ammunition, and sent them to Russian security services.

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A former lecturer at a local military college turned out to be one of the agents. He was recruited at the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

The SBU officers found mobile phones and computer equipment with evidence of correspondence between the perpetrators and their Russian handlers.

The suspects have been charged with treason committed under martial law and remanded in custody without bail. They face life imprisonment if convicted.

Earlier on June 12, Ukraine’s SBU detained one of Russia’s top intelligence agents, who was operating a network that collected data on Ukrainian defenses near the Russian border.

The SBU also detained a Russian agent in the southern city of Mykolayiv on June 22, who was guiding missiles to target local factories, as well as leaking intelligence data on the movement of Ukrainian military equipment.

He faces 12 years in prison.

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