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Russia recruits Armed Forces officers' relatives, Ukraine's SBU conducts investigation

Russia recruits Armed Forces officers' relatives, Ukraine's SBU conducts investigation

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The officers of Ukraine’s Security Service Military Counterintelligence Department revealed the representatives of Russia’s Federal Security Service and National Security Ministry of Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics on recruitment of relatives of Armed Forces of Ukraine officers, as SBU press service reported.
The operatives found that the wives of three Armed Forces officers were recruited during their stay in Russia and on the temporary occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

“Woman undertook psychological pressure, they were threatened with a ban to leave or enter the country, with imprisonment, suppression on their parents. Therefore, they provided written agreements for a confidential cooperation taking pseudonyms,” the message says.
The special services tried to get information on ranks, positions, locations and duties of the officers and the data about military units, where they serve, their involvement in the operations of the Joint Forces. It was noted that the wives of the officers were forced to agree on cooperation with Russian special services, but after they returned to Ukraine, they were helping the investigation and testifying on the conditions of their recruitment and tasks.

Ukraine’s Security Service reminds that the Criminal Code provides imprisonment for up to 15 years for state treason and creation of terrorist groups and organizations. Yet, if a citizen did not act voluntarily and reported to the state institutions on his/her links to foreign special services - no criminal liability provided.
Earlier, Ukraine’s Security Service stated that Russia deployed recruitment centers and Wagner private military company units in Luhansk region.
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