Ukraine detains security service General Valery Shaitanovon on suspicion of secretly working for Russia FSB

Ukraine detains security service General Valery Shaitanovon on suspicion of secretly working for Russia FSB

Ukrainian Security Services (SBU) have arrested a person linked to General Valery Shaitanov, a former agent of the Center for Special Operations recently arrested for his connection with Sergej Yegorov, a colonel of the Russian Security Services (FSB).

The arrest followed a lengthy investigation, according to Ukraine security officials.

“Security officers confiscated an RPG-26 launcher, rifles, grenades, a Steyr 1914 pistol with a silencer, and over 9000 bullets of different caliber,” said the SBU in a note.

On Tuesday 14 April the SBU announced the arrest of General Shaitanov, in force at the same agency, with charges of high treason and terrorism.

Shaitanov has been accused of providing information to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), being de facto “the main pawn” of Moscow’s intelligence in Ukraine.

“The SBU has gathered enough evidence that Shaitanov was an element in the service of the FSB,” said the Ukrainian counterintelligence agency in a note.

Shaitanov allegedly sent material on secret operations to the FSB in the Donbass conflict area, as well as informing on the status of cooperation of Ukrainian intelligence agencies with its international partners.

Shaitanov’s detention comes one week after Ukrainian military officer, Colonel Ivan Bezyazykov, reportedly was sentenced to 13 years in prison for treason.

George Costa

George Costa is a reporter specialized in defence and security systems. He covers international defence and security issues, such as international conflicts, WMD proliferation, and cybersecurity, as well as news reporting on developments in the global defence community.
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