Ukraine today arrested two individuals the security services declared were conducting espionage for the Russian Federation.
“Ukraine’s Security Service, or SBU, said the suspect allegedly passed government secrets to his Russian handlers. Ukrainian media reports identified the suspect as an aide to Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman who accompanied him on foreign trips. Groysman thanked the SBU for its “vigilance and professionalism” on Facebook,” reported Associated Press.
An official in the Ukrainian government’s secretariat, Stanislav Yezhov, was allegedly recruited by Russian intelligence during “a long overseas work trip” and used his position in government to hand Moscow valuable intelligence, reported Newsweek.
“As we speak, the illegal activity of another citizen of Ukraine who acted against the national interest and for Russia’s intelligence services, is being documented,” said Vitaly Mayakov, the deputy head of Ukraine’s main investigative department. “Unfortunately he turned out to be a colleague of ours by the rank of lieutenant colonel.”