Ukraine’s SBU says claim that Russia building up spy network in SBU is ‘misinterpretation of Danilov’s words’

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Ukraine’s SBU security service on Nov. 27 addressed the misinterpretation by UK newspaper the Times of a statement by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, regarding spies and the SBU.

Claims in today’s media about the building of a spy network within the Ukrainian special service do not correspond to reality, the SBU said. The service said the claims resulted from “an inaccurate interpretation of the words of the head of the National Security and Defense Council.”

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The SBU neutralizes any attempts by Russia’s FSB and GRU to exploit their intelligence potential during the war, striving to eradicate hostile networks entirely, the service’s press service said.

Countering attempts by hostile intelligence services to establish their networks and destabilize the situation in Ukraine is a key focus of the SBU’s activities. Such manifestations are identified and systematically and effectively countered to protect the state’s security, said the service.

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Between 2022 and 2023, the SBU exposed over 2,000 traitors and identified more than 300 agents of foreign intelligence services. Among those exposed are public figures such as MPs Viktor Medvedchuk, Andriy Derkach, Oleksandr Ponomariov, Oleksandr Dubinsky, and former head of the SBU’s Main Directorate in Crimea, Oleh Kulinich.

The agency highlighted that these results are a consequence of the SBU intensifying counterintelligence activities, implementing personnel changes, and undergoing internal cleansing.

In the last two months, Russia has activated a network of “sleeper” spies in Ukraine, Danilov said in a recent interview with the Times. The newspaper reported that Danilov had said that Russia had built up its spy network in government institutions, including the SBU.

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Later, Danilov clarified that the Times had misunderstood him, emphasizing that the SBU is actively working on countering espionage.

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