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"The SBU pursues its systemic efforts on countering subversive activities of Russian special services, and at this very moment, illegal activities of another Ukrainian national are being documented. The man acted at the detriment of national interests in favor of Russian special services," Mayakov said, according to the SBU press center.

"Unfortunately, he turned out to be our own employee, in the rank of a Lieutenant-Colonel," Mayakov added.

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The SBU press center added that it was a senior adviser-expert working at the SBU HQ who was exposed. He has been handing over classified information to the agents of the aggressor state.

The perpetrator also assisted Russian intelligence in conducting espionage and subversive activities to the detriment of Ukraine's national security.

"During the searches in places of the perpetrator’s permanent and temporary residence, the Security Service of Ukraine found laptops and tablets with evidence of his correspondence with and information transfer to Russian special services," the SBU said.

Also during the searches, a TT handgun, two F-1 grenades, and over 700 cartridges of various calibers were confiscated.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, the SBU busted an employee of the Cabinet Secretariat spying for Russia.