Skip to content
Edit post

Ukrainian citizen who spied for Russia sentenced to 15 years in prison

by Nate Ostiller December 19, 2023 2:16 PM 2 min read
A Ukrainian citizen convicted of spying for Russia being detained by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). (Security Service of Ukraine/Telegram)
This audio is created with AI assistance

Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight.

Become a member Support us just once

A Ukrainian citizen who was recruited by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) and attempted to create his own group of informants was found guilty of treason and sentenced to 15 years in prison, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported on Dec. 19.

According to the SBU, the convicted spy had a long history of fighting with Russian forces or their proxies, spanning as far back as the war in the early 1990s in Transnistria, the Russian-backed breakaway region of Moldova.

The man was previously wanted by Ukrainian authorities in connection to his role in attempting to instigate pro-Russian riots in Odesa in 2014, following which he fled to Russian-controlled Transnistria.

The SBU said that he was recruited by FSB agents while in Transnistria in 2019.

After the beginning of the full-scale invasion, he attempted to create his own network of informants and to recruit SBU agents to gather information about the location of Ukrainian troops in the south of Ukraine, according to the report.

The SBU lured him into Ukraine using the pretense of SBU agents pretending to be potential accomplices. He was then detained in Odesa Oblast.

The investigation was carried out in coordination with the Odesa Oblast Prosecutor's Office.

Ukraine war latest: Military scales down some operations over foreign aid shortages
Key developments on Dec. 18: * Commander: Ukrainian military scales down some operations over foreign aid shortages * Zaluzhnyi: Unlikely that secrets were discussed in room with recording device * Russia seizes properties belonging to 77 individuals, companies in occupied Crimea * IMF chief: U…

News Feed

Ukraine Daily
News from Ukraine in your inbox
Ukraine news
Please, enter correct email address
3:15 PM

Compassion alone 'will not protect Ukraine,' Danish PM says.

Ukraine's partners must continue to deliver support and scale up their own military capabilities, as compassion "will not protect Ukraine," Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said at the European Political Community Summit on July 18, attended by a Kyiv Independent reporter.
2:34 PM

When Russia attacks, they come: Ukraine's first responders.

Rescuers of the Mobile Rescue Center of the State Emergency Service come to the sites of aerial attacks to sort through the most difficult rubble in search of living and dead people. We followed them to understand what it takes to be a first responder in wartime Ukraine.
12:17 PM

Zelensky arrives in UK, meets Zaluzhnyi.

President Volodymyr Zelensky landed in the U.K. on July 18, where immediately met Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Ukraine's former commander-in-chief and recently-appointed ambassador to the U.K.
MORE NEWS

Editors' Picks

Enter your email to subscribe
Please, enter correct email address
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Successfuly subscribed
Thank you for signing up for this newsletter. We’ve sent you a confirmation email.