Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has admitted the fact of espionage in Ukraine involving its secret agents, though it is surprised over disclosure of this fact by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) officials saying that such situations are usually settled by the intelligence services conjointly, UKRINFORM reported.

FSB officials said they are investigating into the accident in Odesa region.

According to the FSB press-center, the actions of the FSB agent 'served a response and were conditioned by an intensified recruiting activity of Ukraine's intelligence services toward Russian citizens'. As UKRINFORM reported, on January 27 the Security Service of Ukraine detained in Odesa region four officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) for espionage. The spies were detained in the act when they received secret military information from a Ukrainian citizen, SBU chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko has said Tuesday.

He specified that the FSB secret agents recruited the Ukrainian by threatening and blackmailing him.

Three FSB officers and a military man from the Operational Group of Russian Forces (OGRF) in the Transnistrian Region of Moldova provided support to the spy operation.

Espionage case was opened against the FSB officer (colonel). He is arrested. The case will be investigated in Ukraine.

Other spy ring agents, who entered Ukraine from Transnistria, have been handed over to Russian border guards on January 30.


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