Russian "sleeper agent" sentenced to 12 years in Ukrainian jail
Kyiv's Desniansky district court has found a local citizen guilty of treason and sentenced him to 12 years imprisonment with the confiscation of property, according to the press center of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine.
SBU operatives found that the long-retired Lt. Col. of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Soviet Armed Forces had been re-mobilized by the Russian intelligence agency with the start of Russian aggression against Ukraine, the SBU's press center reports.
"He was tasked with bribing and engaging Ukrainian military in "cooperation" to obtain information on combat units and divisions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of the Anti-Terrorist Operation," the report reads.
The operatives have revealed that the Russian spy came out with a proposal for "cooperation" to one of the military commanders in Kyiv.
After the meeting, the Ukrainian Army officer immediately informed the SBU.
"In April 2016, the SBU detained the agent at the Senkivka border checkpoint in Chernihiv region. He was traveling to Bryansk region to meet with a representative of the Russian military intelligence," the SBU said.
During the inspection of the Russian agent's belongings, the security operatives found classified documents hidden under the lining of the man's clothes.
According to his curators' plan, the Russian intelligence services were to receive from their agent information about the fortification system of one of the Ukrainian brigades in the ATO zone as well as the disposition of Ukrainian military units.
"According to the findings of the military experts, the information obtained would have been used by the enemy in shelling Ukrainian army positions and subversive efforts," the SBU said.