Ukrainian intelligence has assets in Putin’s circle

15 February, 05:14 AM
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin (Photo:Sputnik/Vladimir Smirnov/Pool via REUTERS)

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin (Photo:Sputnik/Vladimir Smirnov/Pool via REUTERS)

Ukrainian special services obtain intelligence from people from the entourage of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Andrii Chernyak said in an interview with Greek media outlet Lefimerida on Feb. 14.

“These are people beyond all suspicion, known as supporters of ‘great Russia,” he said. “There are plenty of people around Putin who don’t support his policy towards Ukraine.”

Chernyak noted that Putin's allies are helping the Ukrainian Intelligence not out of good intentions towards Ukraine, but for their own benefit.

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“Someone (does it) to save a life, someone – because they are losing money,” he explained. “After the invasion of Ukraine, several people began to lose money and influence very quickly. They don't like it.”

Chernyak also added that these people in the Kremlin will be able to overthrow Putin only when he is sufficiently weakened. Right now, they aren’t ready.

On Feb. 11, Ukrainian intelligence reported that Russia didn’t have sufficient resources to launch a large-scale offensive by the anniversary of a full-scale invasion on Feb. 24.

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