A senior Ukrainian prosecutor has been arrested and denounced as a “traitor,” becoming the latest senior official to be arrested on charges of working for Russia.
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The head of the Mykolayiv district prosecutor’s office was arrested after he “allegedly passed confidential military information to Russian security services in exchange for his guaranteed security should the southern region fall to invading forces”. The times reported.
A video released by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) showed officers storming into his office in the southern city, pushing him to the ground and arresting him.
The detention is the latest crackdown on suspected Ukrainian civilian and military officials Cooperation with the armed forces of Vladimir Putin. The arrests have sparked fears about the extent to which Moscow’s intelligence agency has penetrated the country’s establishment.
After the prosecutor’s arrest, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova said in a statement: “We found that this prosecutor is ashamed to say that he performed the criminal duties of the representatives of the aggressor state.
“He hoped to continue working for the prosecutor’s office in the event of an enemy conquest of the region, but forgot that such actions would lead to life imprisonment. His activity was stopped in time and more serious consequences were avoided.”
According to The Times, the person “used an intermediary to hide his collaboration” and “smuggled information about the operational situation in Mykolaiv.”
He is said to have shared “Lists of Killed Military Personnel and civilians; the locations of the prisoners of war; the results of the strikes on Mykolaiv; and daily passwords used to get through checkpoints”.
He was caught after a “special operation” in which the SBU “disseminated fake military intelligence,” the newspaper added. Days after the spread of the fake information, which contained “fictitious lists of killed soldiers,” “it was discovered that a Russian representative, also under SBU surveillance, had acquired the same lists.”
The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine said in a statement that it was determined to track down any “rats” collaborating with Moscow, adding: “We know you all. Those who revarnish and change their shoes on the fly face the maximum penalty.”
The prosecutor’s arrest came just days after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stripped two generals of their military rank and called them “traitors” and “anti-heroes”.
Zelenskyy said during a speech last Thursday that Naumov Andriy Olehovych, the former head of the Main Internal Security Department of the SBU, and Kryvoruchko Serhiy Oleksandrovych, the former head of the Office of the Security Service of Ukraine in the Kherson region, no longer held a military rank .
The President ‘did not elaborate on the reasons for the decision’ NPR reported, but strongly implied that the couple had “not been loyal to Ukraine.”
“Those soldiers among senior officers who have not decided where their homeland is, who violate the military oath of allegiance to the Ukrainian people in terms of protecting our state, its freedom and independence, will inevitably be deprived of high military ranks,” he said he warned.
“I don’t have time to deal with all the traitors. But little by little they will all be punished.”
The dismissal of the two generals also took place after “Member of the Ukrainian negotiating delegation who met with Russia was shot dead by SBU agents as they tried to arrest him. Ukraine Pravda reported in early March.
Intelligence officials later said they had “strong evidence” that Denys Kireyev, a former deputy chairman of the State Bank of Ukraine, leaked sensitive information to Moscow. A source told the newspaper: “He was an agent. You know why agents get killed.”
Since the invasion of Ukraine, the US and Europe have begun “to take action against Russian spies.” axios reported. Around 400 Russian diplomats and embassy employees have been expelled since the unprovoked attack, most of whom have been declared persona non grata.
Many are “alleged intelligence officers working under diplomatic guise,” the website says. And their removal from diplomatic posts “should hamper Russia’s ability to spy on Western soil and engage in subversive activities.”
Moscow was also “embarrassed” when Ukraine “released a list of alleged identities of more than 600 Russian spies, including one who appears to be introducing himself as James Bond,” in late March. The Telegraph called.
The agents, “designated to stay in the shadows,” had revealed their “passports, phone numbers and even their drinking habits” in the leak, drawing “a grin from Western intelligence agencies.”
But Ukrainian officials also accused the spies of being involved in “criminal” activities in Europe, the newspaper added, raising the prospect that “some of those identified on the list are working as spies in Britain”.
While both Ukraine and the West have been quick to respond to any suggestion that they are harboring spies, the repeated arrests of senior Ukrainian officials have raised the prospect that Russia is having some success in recruiting foreign moles.
Nevertheless, the “stuttering progress” of Putin’s invasion “threw an unwanted spotlight on the Russian secret services”, France 24 said, with accusations mounting that they “failed to prepare the Kremlin for the realities of the attack.”
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