FSB officers in the Samara region, together with the police, detained a "Ukrainian intelligence agent" who allegedly studied military and transport infrastructure facilities in the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic", as well as in Rostov and Samara regions of the Russian Federation, according to the Russian media reports.
The detainee was a Ukrainian citizen born in 1990. According to the FSB, he is part of the intelligence agency "Spetsrezerv" (Special reserve) of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine denies the involvement of the "agent" detained in the Russian Federation in the Ukrainian intelligence.
“Any person who is detained there [in the Russian Federation - Ed.] has nothing to do with the Ukrainian intelligence agencies. The General Directorate of Military Intelligence denies this information," Defense Ministry spokesperson Aleksandr Motuzianik said.
Earlier, the Ukrainian Valentin Vyhovsky was detained by representatives of the so-called "self-defense of the Crimea". The FSB claims that he recruited Russian military-industrial complex employees through the Internet in order to obtain classified information for Ukrainian special services.
In December 2015, the Russian court recognized Valentin Vyhovsky as a Ukrainian spy and sentenced to 11 years in prison in a strict-regime prison.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called this verdict another manifestation of the Russian Federation’s cynicism.