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Ukrainian security service reports detaining two Russian spies

The father and the son attempted to take confidential documents to Russia.

On 6 April, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained two agents of Russian special services at the border with Russia in Kharkiv Region, its chief Vasyl Hrytsak has said at a briefing in Kiev.

"Two days ago the SBU detained two Ukrainian citizens, the father and the son, as a result of a special operation at the exit from Ukraine. The father is a career officer, lieutenant-colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff, who worked at the Russian military reconnaissance, then lived in Ukraine and acted a recruiter. Both the father and the son were trying to take a pile of confidential documents across the Senkivka checkpoint. I would like to say a special Thank You to our Ukrainian army because it is with its help that we managed to expose these traitors," he said.

"They had Russian passports but were leaving the country on Ukrainian ones. What is more, the father was already entitled to pension in Russia," he added.

According to Hrytsak, they had the maps of minefields protecting the Ukrainian Armed Forces' positions as well as various documents produced by staffs, both electronic and paper ones.

Over 10 Russian agents have been exposed since the start of the year, Hrytsak said.

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