June 26, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • The Russian agent was detained within the Zhytomyr area
  • The agent adviced Russian troops the place they need to place their gear for covert operations
  • Ukraine’s Safety Service additionally detained 4 different Russian brokers

A Russian particular person who tried to infiltrate Ukraine’s army forces has been arrested by authorities, Ukrainian officers stated Sunday. 

A Russian agent, whose identification was not revealed, had been detained within the Zhytomyr area after he tried to enlist in a fight unit of the Ukrainian armed forces. The person allegedly deliberate to sabotage Ukraine’s forces to assist Russians win the struggle, the Safety Service of Ukraine stated in a report.

Authorities additionally stated the person gave Russians entry to intelligence data on the deployment of Ukrainian troops in addition to the place they may greatest place their army gear for covert operations after they have been briefly occupying a settlement. 

The agent later volunteered to enlist within the Ukrainian army after the de-occupation of the settlement. Nonetheless, his plan was found by authorities, who proceeded to detain him on suspicion of committing against the law. He’s presently below Ukrainian custody. 

Authorities additionally detained a resident of the Kramatorsk district within the Donetsk area. The agent had been recruited by Russians to assemble intel on the motion of Ukrainian troops, together with sending the areas of troopers by way of Telegram. 

At the least three different officers have been discovered to have collaborated with Russians amid the struggle in Ukraine, together with an official of a hospital in Kyiv who urged medical workers to help the invading troops. 

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The Safety Service’s report comes because the struggle stretches into its fourth month. Since Russia’s President Vladimir Putin introduced the beginning of the invasion on Feb. 24, Ukrainian forces have killed at the very least 29,500 Russian troopers and downed 1,285 Russian tanks, in response to the Ministry of Protection of Ukraine. 

It is unclear how many Russian soldiers are left fighting in Ukraine. Apart from the death toll, many soldiers have also fled or expressed plans of fleeing the war. Some Russian troopers have additionally purposely damaged their gear, together with a tank, to keep away from combating within the struggle. 

In distinction, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday stated they elevated the variety of servicemen combating towards Russians from 250,000 to 700,000.

“If we’d have added 100,000 troopers – we wouldn’t have the ability to cease Russia,” Zelensky stated throughout his look on a Ukrainian tv station. “Now now we have 700,000. So what you see is the results of the work of 700,000 people who find themselves combating and defending our territory.”

A warehouse in southern Ukraine’s Odessa area, pictured on Could 22, 2022, was destroyed by Russian shelling Photograph: AFP / Genya SAVILOV

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