Ukraine's SBU detains traitor who provided defense positions to the Russian invaders in Kharkiv Oblast

Detained FSB agent
Detained FSB agent

Another FSB agent was detained in Kharkiv Oblast for helping Russia prepare a series of strikes on Ukrainian combat positions, Ukraine's SBU Security Service reported.

The suspected traitor was helping the enemy prepare strikes against Ukraine's Defense Forces that are protecting Kharkiv Oblast from Russia's new offensive, the SBU said, adding that it was its military counter-intelligence that nabbed the suspect.

The main Russian targets were the bases of radar stations and anti-aircraft missile systems, the SBU said.

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In order to destroy Ukrainian objects by fire, the agent tried to establish and transfer their coordinates to the Russian special service.

He traveled around the suburbs of the regional center to fulfill this task, where he secretly recorded the places of possible deployment of units of the Armed Forces.

SBU employees detained the suspect in his own apartment, where evidence was seized.

Additional measures were taken to secure the positions of Ukrainian soldiers.

He turned out to be a 30-year-old resident of a village in Kharkiv Oblast, investigators said.

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He was recruited into the intelligence apparatus of the enemy's special service at the end of 2023, received an order by hand to mobilize into the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and was tasked with providing information on Ukrainian air defense positions.

Military counter-intelligence officers prevented the enemy agent from entering the Armed Forces when he attempted to register.

SBU investigators informed the detainee of suspicion of treason committed under martial law (part 2 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine)

The detainee is currently in custody and faces life in prison.

Russian advance in Kharkiv Oblast

The Russians have heavily shelled border settlements in Kharkiv Oblast.

Russian troops initiated a new wave of counteroffensives on this front, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said while announcing the redeployment of Ukrainian forces to the Kharkiv sector.

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Russia had tactical successes near Vovchansk on May 13, the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff said, adding that the situation on the Kharkiv front remained difficult.

The attack on Vovchansk and an attempt to encircle the city is a priority goal of Russian troops, the Institute for the Study of War believes.

Vovchansk was almost completely destroyed by relentless Russian shelling on May 14, local authorities reported, adding that the situation in the city is critical.

Russian invaders were taking positions on the streets of Vovchansk on May 15, Vochchansk's patrol police chief, Oleksiy Kharkivsky, reported.

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The advance of Russian troops into northern Vovchansk was later confirmed by Ukraine's General Staff.

Ukraine has so far managed to "increase confidence" in the direction of Vovchansk, Kharkiv Oblast, Zelenskyy said on May 16. He stated that the counterattack actions of the Armed Forces are taking place in various areas, in particular in the border areas of Kharkiv Oblast.

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