Ukraine has detained a senior authorities official and a enterprise chief suspected of being a part of an alleged Russian spy community, the Safety Service of Ukraine mentioned on Tuesday.
The Safety Service (SBU) didn't identify the 2 suspects however recognized them as a senior official within the Secretariat of the Cupboard of Ministers and a division head on the Chamber of Commerce and Business, a enterprise foyer.
It mentioned in an announcement on the Telegram app that it had carried out a “multi-stage particular operation” to neutralise the alleged spy ring.
“Consequently, in Kyiv, the pinnacle of a division of the Secretariat of the Cupboard of Ministers and the pinnacle of one of many directorates of the Chamber of Commerce and Business have been detained,” the SBU mentioned.
“These officers handed on numerous intelligence info to the enemy, from the state of our defence functionality to preparations on the state border and private knowledge of Ukrainian legislation enforcement officers.”
Russia didn't instantly touch upon the SBU assertion.
The 2 major suspects have been proven sitting in entrance of a Ukrainian flag in a video and saying they'd collaborated with Moscow, with whom Ukraine has been at conflict since Russia invaded its neighbour on February 24.
It was not instantly clear whether or not they spoke beneath duress.
The SBU mentioned Russia paid the suspects from $2,000 to $15,000 per job, relying on the extent of secrecy and the significance of the knowledge. One of many males mentioned within the video he had acquired a complete of $33,000 for his actions, and the opposite mentioned he acquired $27,000.
One, who had the code identify “Kireev”, mentioned he had collaborated since 2016. The opposite mentioned he had performed so since 2019.
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