The Ukrainian operatives detained a Russian-recruited agent on his subversive mission as he attempted to collect in Odesa the explosives sent by Russian intel officers deployed in the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldovan Republic.

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The perpetrator was arrested at the Odesa bus station. The IED’s capacity is estimated at 600 grams in TNT equivalent.

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According to counterintelligence operatives, the woman’s curator is now on a deployment in temporarily occupied Luhansk, where he holds a "high post" in the self-styled security service of the “LPR” terrorist organization.