• 15/04/2024 17:04

The SBU announced the neutralization of a large-scale intelligence network of the FSB, operating under the cover of the UOC (MP)

The investigation established that the FSB network was trying to destabilize the situation in Ukraine. They massively produced and “dispersed” pro-Kremlin narratives.

The SBU announced the neutralization of a large-scale intelligence network of the FSB, which operated under the cover of the UOC (MP)

that it neutralized a criminal organization in Kyiv , which carried out information sabotage on behalf of the FSB. The attackers massively produced and “dispersed” pro-Kremlin narratives and provocative messages that were supposed to destabilize the socio-political situation and incite religious hatred in Ukraine.

As a result of complex measures, The SBU exposed more than 15 members of the group, four key defendants have already been detained. Among them is one of the leaders of the capital’s church of the UOC (MP), who was part of the intelligence apparatus of the Russian special service. It is noted that now this is one of the largest FSB networks that operated in Ukraine. since the start of the full-scale invasion. It had a clear hierarchy and distribution of functions, as well as constant communication with the largest media outlets in the Russian Federation, which immediately picked up the “needed” content.

According to the investigation, the coordinator of the network in Ukraine was detained by the SBU cleric. He was responsible for disseminating materials that incited sectarian hatred and justified an aggressive war against Ukraine. messages and videos.

The prepared content was distributed through dozens of controlled channels on Telegram and YouTube, as well as on Facebook pages and official websites of various dioceses of the UOC (MP).

Immediately after the publication of “custom-made” materials, they were instantly “picked up” by central television channels and the Internet publication of the Russian Federation to spread fakes about Ukraine.

By carrying out information attacks, the enemy hoped not only to undermine the socio-political situation in Ukraine, but also to discredit our state in the international arena, especially in front of Western partners.

During searches at the locations of the defendants in Kiev, mobile phones and computer equipment were discovered, which were used in criminal acts in favor of the aggressor country.

Based on the collected evidence, four detainees and ten other participants in the criminal organization were suspected of the following Articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine:

  • ⁠ch. 2 tbsp. 111 (high treason committed under martial law);
  • ch. 6 tbsp. 111-1 (collaboration activities);
  • ⁠ch. 4 tbsp. 28, part 1, part 2 art. 255 (creation and participation in a criminal organization);
  • ⁠h. 3 tbsp. 161 (incitement of religious hostility and hatred committed by an organized group);
  • ⁠chch. 1, 2 436-2 (justification, recognition as lawful, denial of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine).

The issue of choosing a preventive measure for him – detention is currently being decided. The investigation continues to establish all the circumstances of the crime and bring the perpetrators to justice. The perpetrators face life imprisonment.

Recall that the relevant committee recommended that the Rada support in the second reading the bill banning the UOC (MP) in Ukraine. The text of the bill has become significantly stronger compared to what was previously supported in the first reading.

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