Counterintelligence officers from Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU) have exposed two Ukrainian citizens who had been recruited by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).
The detained citizens were collecting secret information on the combat readiness of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the SBU reported on Friday.
According to the report, SBU operatives documented that the agents had been tasked with obtaining secret documents on the effectiveness of the use of new models of weapons and military equipment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces during the Anti-Terrorist Operation and the Joint Forces Operation. They also had to learn about the prospects of equipping and rearming units and subdivisions of the Ukrainian army.
Russian secret service agents were detained during the transfer of "secret" documents and attempts to forward them to Russian curators through communication channels.
Also, according to the Donetsk Regional Prosecutor's Office, the agents of the enemy special service tried to recruit an intelligence officer from a military unit for the money.
"Fulfilling yet another task, the culprits tried to lure an assistant intelligence chief of one of the military units in Donetsk region into handing over classified data, promising a US$1,000 reward for information on the use by Ukraine's Army units of military equipment during the Anti-Terrorist Operation/Joint Forces Operation. The perpetrators, in turn, had been offered US$4,000 for their act of treason," the Prosecutor's Office reported.
The assistant intelligence chief, approached by Russian affiliates, immediately reported the incident to security officials.
The investigation is underway. The suspects are set to be charged with high treason.