SSU detains Russian informant operating observation post in Kirovohrad region
The Security Service uncovered an informant for Russian intelligence services who collected information on the redeployment of Ukrainian Armed Forces through the territory of Kirovohrad region.
The perpetrator sought to ascertain the approximate number of personnel and military equipment of Ukrainian units moving by rail towards the eastern front. The Russian forces was particularly interested in information about the movement of Ukrainian heavy weaponry to the forefront, including tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and artillery systems.
To monitor the convoys of Ukrainian Armed Forces, the suspect set up an "observation post" in his own garage near the railway station. Additionally, he traversed the area covertly and clandestinely documented the locations of Ukrainian military bases under the guise of a regular civilian strolling about. To mask his criminal activities, the perpetrator constantly changed the routes of his reconnaissance outings and transmitted the obtained information to the aggressor from various locations.
However, his efforts were in vain. SSU operatives exposed the perpetrator and apprehended him at his residence. According to the investigation, the hostile informant turned out to be a local resident who had lived in the region for almost 20 years. Before the full-scale invasion by the Russian Federation, he came to Ukraine to sell all his property here and return to Russia.
In May 2023, while the man was still in Kirovohrad region, he was approached by a representative of Russian special services who offered cooperation in favor of the Russian forces. In exchange for carrying out hostile tasks, the RF promised their accomplice "evacuation" to the territory of the Russia. They used an anonymous chat in a popular messenger app for communication between them.
Based on the gathered evidence, the Security Service investigators informed the detainee of the suspicion under Part 3 of Article 114-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (unauthorized dissemination of information about the direction, movement of weapons, armaments, and ammunition to Ukraine, movement, transportation, or deployment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine).
Currently, he is in custody. The perpetrator faces up to 12 years in prison.