Putin spy plot to bust HIMARS advance rumbled by Ukrainian intelligence as Russia stalls

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In July, President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed Ivan Bakanov, a childhood friends, alongside prosecutor general Iryna Venediktova. In a video address, he said there were 650 cases involving officials suspected of treason by aiding Russia, including sixty who were “working against our state” behind enemy lines.

Yesterday (Thursday), the SBU announced that a member of Secretariat of Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers had been sentenced to 12 years in prison for treason after he was found to be spying for the Russian FSB.

Before that, Ukrainian intelligence seized two Russian agents operating in the Donetsk region to the east of the country, who were “collecting intelligence on HIMARS positions on the eastern front”.

As the invasion of Ukraine becomes a war of attrition, the defending armed forces have touted the Western high-precision weaponry it is being supplied as vital to a wave of successful counter-attacks in the south Ukraine has been able to inflict in recent weeks.



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