Ukraine's Security Service detains artillery observer of Russian missile attack on school in Kramatorsk

The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has detained a military informant who collected intelligence data about the locations of Ukraine's defence forces and adjusted Russian attacks on social institutions in Donetsk Oblast.

Source: press service of the SSU; prosecutor's office of Donetsk Oblast

Quote: "The SSU established that it was on his tip-off that the occupiers launched a missile attack on the school in Kramatorsk on 5 March of this year.

In addition, he was spying on the combat positions of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the frontline areas of the oblast. His handlers were particularly interested in the coordinates of locations of long-range foreign weapons of Ukrainian troops. Counter-intelligence officers of the SSU detained the suspect while he was carrying out an enemy intelligence mission."

Details: According to the investigation, an employee of the plant in Kramatorsk reportedly turned out to be an accomplice of the Russian invaders.

In early March 2023, a Russian secret service remotely recruited him for secret cooperation. He sent the gathered intelligence information to a "liaison" agent.

During the searches, a mobile phone was found in the detainee's possession, which he used to transmit data to the aggressor.

On the basis of the collected evidence, the person involved is suspected of unauthorised dissemination of information about the movement and location of the Armed Forces of Ukraine under martial law.

The court has decided that the suspect is placed in pre-trial custody without bail.


The man faces 8 to 12 years in prison.

Background: On the night of 5 March, Russian troops launched a missile attack on Kramatorsk. A school was destroyed. Fortunately, there were no casualties.

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