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SBU detains spy accused of directing Russian strikes on Zaporizhzhia

by Nate Ostiller December 18, 2023 1:01 PM 1 min read
A Ukrainian citizen accused of spying for Russia arrested by an officer of the Security Service of Ukraine in a photo posted on Dec. 18, 2023. (SBU/Telegram)
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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained a Ukrainian citizen who allegedly spied for Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) to help direct a Russian attack on the city of Zaporizhzhia, in which five people died, the SBU reported on Dec. 18.

The man was allegedly remotely recruited by the FSB in October and subsequently formed his own networks of informants to scour Zaporizhzhia in search of the positions of Ukrainian troops and defenses.

The conspirators then are accused of taking pictures and videos of different suspected locations, which they shared with their FSB contacts.

A building in central Zaporizhzhia was allegedly struck as a result of the spying. Five people died, and another five were seriously injured.

The SBU said that the man has been charged with treason and faces life in prison if convicted.

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