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Ukraine dismantles Russian spy network inside top ministries


The Ukrainian security service (SBU) said it dismantled a Russian intelligence network that was operating in several Ukrainian regions.

The spy network, which was working for Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), included former and current officials of Ukraine’s security services, the SBU said in a post on Telegram.

“The Security Service has neutralized a powerful FSB military espionage network that operated in Ukraine,” it said. “As the result of a multi-stage special operation, five members of the enemy group were detained in different regions.”

A Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) serviceman
An SBU serviceman in Kyiv on November 22, 2022. The SBU says it has dismantled a Russian intelligence network that was operating in several Ukrainian regions.

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Ukrainian news outlet Ukrainska Pravda reported that the network operated in Ukraine’s Odesa, Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions.

“The criminals were conducting reconnaissance on locations with the highest concentration of Ukrainian personnel and equipment in frontline areas,” the SBU said, according to the publication.

The network was tasked with transferring intelligence about Ukraine’s military and information about “strategically important energy facilities” in Ukraine back to Russia, the SBU said.

The security services said information about the locations of Ukrainian military bases was gathered even prior to Russia’s full-scale invasion of the country on February 24, 2022. After that, the network collected intelligence on “the channels for transporting foreign weapons to Ukraine.”

This is a developing story and will be updated as further information becomes available.