A sting operation put together by Ukraine’s security agency, the SBU, helped to ‘neutralised (an) extensive FSB intelligence network’ that have spied on Ukrainian troops and passed on information to Russian operatives.
The SBU said on Friday its raids in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, and Zaporizhzy hauled in 19 spies whose snooping helped Russians to keep track of Ukraine’s troops movements and pinpoint attacks on their positions.
Among other things, the recruited collaborators were tasked to gather information on Ukrainian activists in occupied regions as well as to snoop around the places where Russian captives were held.
The spy ring was led by an agent from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) holed up in the Kherson region who kept in touch with his network of the local informers via Telegram channels.
Among the information gathered by the network were electronic maps of the locations of crowds, critical infrastructure and Ukrainian military units, the SBU said.
The Ukrainian security agents held 30 raids and seized computers, mobile phones and pro-Russian printed materials.
The treason and spying charges can land the collaborators behind the bars for up to 15 years.