The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has stepped up counterintelligence efforts by neutralizing a covert espionage network operating within the country. In a detailed press release, the SBU disclosed the detention of five individuals, comprising both former and serving officers of Ukrainian intelligence agencies. These individuals were reportedly engaged in clandestine activities for the Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB), focusing on gathering and transferring critical information regarding Ukrainian military forces and strategic energy infrastructure.
The espionage activities were intricately planned and executed, involving personnel from the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense (HUR), the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine (SZRU), and a regional department of the SBU itself. The operatives were found to be in direct contact with an FSB curator stationed in the occupied Crimea. Their tasks were diverse and perilous, ranging from leaking personal data of Ukrainian soldiers and details of military fortifications to providing insights into the operations and security measures of key nuclear power plants in western Ukraine.
The information was conveyed through a human courier, posing as a volunteer, who would then personally deliver the data to Russian intelligence abroad. The detained officers face charges of treason and are currently held in custody, highlighting the ongoing severe implications of espionage and the constant battle for intelligence supremacy in the region.