Ukrainian intelligence, the SBU, reported apprehending an alleged Russian agent who had been installing covert webcams along roads in Zaporizhzhia, not far from the front lines, to monitor the Ukrainian army’s movements.
Dramatic video posted on Telegram Monday show the SBU tackling the man.
The alleged agent first came to the Ukrainians’ attention when he’d been trying to collect information about the local regional SBU administration, its press service stated.
After discovering that the man was working for the FSB (the Kremlin’s successor agency to the KGB) the SBU tracked him and learned that he’d also been installing webcams in locations indicated by a “curator” from the FSB.
Once installed, the webcams were meant to continuously broadcast the road traffic online, allowing remote access for FSB personnel.
“In the zone that was of special attention to the Russian Federation, there were columns of heavy armored vehicles and artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which are involved in counteroffensive operations on the southern front,” the SBU said.
The SBU detected and deactivated the hidden video devices.
As a reward for completing the task, the SBU said that the FSB had transferred Hr. 30,000 (~$825) to the agent's bank card. The SBU apprehended the secret agent while he was doing technical inspections of webcams he’d installed.
The SBU’s investigation revealed that in late September, the Zaporizhzhia resident had remotely contacted the administrator of a pro-Kremlin Telegram channel, offering his assistance.
Upon receiving the offer, the administrator of the Russian internet resource connected the man with an FSB representative via messenger.
Based on the collected evidence, the Security Service informed him of suspicion under Part 2 of Art. 15 and Part 2 of Art. 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (treason under martial law), potentially leading to a life imprisonment sentence for the agent.
This isn’t the first time that the SBU has caught alleged Russian agents.
According to a press release from the SBU, three alleged Russian agents were arrested for attempted attacks on military positions in Kyiv using self-converted drones.
On Oct. 25, the SBU reported that their counterintelligence unit had neutralized an FSB combat group in Kyiv.
The group was allegedly planning a drone attack on military facilities, utilizing up to 10 self-converted drones armed with explosives.
It is believed that the group was established by the FSB in 2018, with the three arrested individuals recruited before the invasion and activated afterward.
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