Ukraine Security Captures Russian Spies and Rebel Agents Operating in Ukraine

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  • The Security Service said a spy in Kiev helped the Russians conduct information operations through various internet platforms.
  • Ukrainian authorities are still taking steps to detect other spies in Ukraine
  • They also arrested a suspect who sent Ukrainian coordinates and movements to the Russians.

Ukrainian authorities have apprehended individuals who are said to be working as spies for Russia, some of whom are accused of selling important war information to the Russians.

Ukraine Security Service Thursday It announced that it had deployed a network of Russian internet agents and spies. One of the spies was caught in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Authorities said the person, whose personal details were not disclosed, previously worked for the district police force and the Ministry of Interior before resigning in 2014.

The spy allegedly sought “like-minded people” to get involved in insurgent actions against Ukraine. The man also made the United Russia party aware of his actions. He is now in custody.

Authorities also detained another spy in Kiev after he helped a number of Russian-made internet platforms conduct information operations in Ukraine. The agent allegedly justified the crimes of Russian invaders in Ukraine through platforms. He also expressed hope that the Kremlin will successfully capture Kiev.

The Security Service added that authorities also exposed two propagandists from the Sumi region, blocked the activity of a rebel agent in Cherkasia, and alerted a spy in Zaporizhzhya. Authorities added that they are still taking steps to identify more people involved in crimes against Ukraine.

The Security Service’s report came after Ukrainian officers were seen arresting a man in the town of Sloviansk in an operation this weekend. The man admitted to Security Service agents that he had passed vital information about the Ukrainian movement to the Russians, including the coordinates and locations of the hits. CNN reporters Those present at the scene during detention.

“What did he want from you?” The Security Service inspector asked the man. In response, “Coordinates, movements, etc. Locations of strokes. That sort of thing. Situation in general, etc.” said.

The man revealed that someone identifying himself as “Nikolai” offered him $17 in exchange for information. He was recruited through the messaging app Telegram.

The arrested man was then taken to an unmarked vehicle. Serhiy, the person who led the sting operation, said the man would be transferred to Dnipro, where he would be tried.

Ivan Matysov (right) testifies in the trial of Vadim Shishimarin, the other Russian soldier who is the first Russian to be tried on war crimes charges in Ukraine since Russia invaded the country. Photo: AFP / Sergei SUPINSKY

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