The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has detained one of its own employees in Kharkiv under suspicion of spying for Russia. Below is a full statement from the SSU:

The SSU has detained an employee of the Coordination Staff of the SSU Office in Kharkiv region, who worked for Russian special services. Following the enemy’s instructions, he joined the SSU shortly after the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

The agent passed Ukrainian intelligence on Russian armed forces and on plans and activity of Ukrainian Armed Forces, law enforcement and special services to the enemy.

The occupiers used this information to redeploy their troops protecting them from artillery strikes of Ukrainian units. Russia also used these data to plan sabotage, massive artillery and targeted missile attacks on strategic facilities in the city.

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According to the investigation, the traitor is a former official of Kharkiv City Council. He was recruited by an FSB officer, who approached him.

In exchange for cooperation, the enemy guaranteed security for the ‘mole’ and his family if Russia captures the region.

Observing rules of conspiracy, the agent passed the collected intelligence to Russian special services through secure communication channels.

The SSU detained the traitor ‘red handed’ – after he asked a representative of Russian special services to carry out a strike on the facility where SSU personnel was located.

‘No matter in what way Russia tries to weave its agent network in various authorities, we systematically counteract to this activity. Today, this has become one of the SSU’s main priorities. After all, effective work to identify enemy agents and collaborators not only helps save hundreds and thousands of lives, but also brings our Victory closer. And cleansing the SSU is one of the important areas of such activity. All traitors will be severely punished!’ the Acting SSU Head Vasyl Maliuk emphasized.

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The detained agent has been notified of suspicion of treason committed under martial law (Article 111.2 of the CCU). The court has decided to keep the suspect in custody.

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The SSU carried out the operation under the procedural supervision of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine, a person is presumed innocent of a crime and cannot be subject to criminal punishment until their guilt is proven in line with the procedure defined by law and established by a court’s verdict.

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