A former member of the Black Sea Fleet headquarters Leonid Parkhomenko is suspected of spying on the instructions of the intelligence service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Tizhden.ua reports with reference to the Russian media.
“November 22, Russian FSB in Sevastopol detained Leonid Parkhomenko, former member of the Black Sea Fleet headquarters, the captain II rank. According to the FSB, Parkhomenko, carrying out the task of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, gathered and conveyed the state secret information about the activities of the Black Sea Fleet to the foreign intelligence services,” the source informed.
A criminal case against Leonid Parkhomenko was opened under Art. 275 "Treason" of the RF Criminal Code.
Notably, this is the first arrest of the former serviceman of the RF Black Sea Fleet by the FSB (Russia’s Federal Security Service). Previously, the FSB has repeatedly detained former Ukrainian soldiers on trumped up charges in Crimea.
November 9, 2016, in the city of Sevastopol, the FSB detained the alleged members of the terrorist group of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, "who planned the acts of sabotage on the objects of military and critical infrastructure on the Crimean peninsula."