Former deputy head of the Main Intelligence Directorate, who shot at investigators during a search and cooperated with Russia, was arrested in Ukraine – SBU

In Ukraine, the former deputy head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence (GUR) of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine was arrested on suspicion of treason. The name of the major general is not known, it is known that he held a position in the Main Intelligence Directorate from 2008 to 2010, and he was detained at the beginning of the war. This was reported by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

The major general is also suspected of attempting the life of a law enforcement officer and illegal possession of weapons. During the search, he opened fire on the members of the investigative team with a Makarov pistol. The detainee was chosen a measure of restraint in the form of detention.

According to the investigation, the general passed secret information about the military-political situation in Ukraine to the Russian special services, and also provided the invaders with classified information about the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the war with Russia. The "pro-Kremlin views" of the general were formed "in the course of training at the Moscow Higher Combined Arms Command School and the Frunze Academy during the Soviet era."

Russia also tried to obtain intelligence from the detainee about the activities of strategically important facilities of the military-industrial complex of Ukraine, the statement says.

The acting head of the SBU, Vasily Malyuk, said that Russia had been working for many years to create a network of agents in various authorities and law enforcement agencies of Ukraine.

“Therefore, our task is to identify such traitors and destroy these agent networks. And the latest high-profile detentions indicate that the SBU is able to effectively counteract the Russian special services. This area of ​​work will only intensify, because the victory of Ukraine largely depends on its results.”

Earlier, Zelensky announced the possible dismissal of 28 employees of the SBU.

On July 17, the President of Ukraine removed the head of the SBU, Ivan Bakanov, as well as the country's Prosecutor General, Irina Venediktova, from office. Zelensky commented on the dismissal of Bakanov with a report on cases of treason and "collaborative activities of employees of the prosecutor's office, pre-trial investigation bodies, and other law enforcement agencies." He also noted that more than 60 employees of the bodies and the SBU remained in the occupied territory and are working against Ukraine. On July 18, the president submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft resolution on the dismissal of Bakanov.

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