KHARKIV, UKRAINE, Apr 18 — A Kharkiv resident who collected and passed information to an FSB officer about Ukrainian defenders, SBU officers, and Ukrainian pilots was sentenced to 15 years in prison, reported the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office.

According to law enforcement officials, at the end of 2022, the man contacted an FSB operative in the Moscow region via the Telegram messenger.

Prosecutor’s Office reported that, following the instructions of a Russian special agent, a man was spying on Ukrainian defenders in Kharkiv. He tried to establish their locations, places of residence, and the routes of movement of military equipment. He passed the intelligence on, adding media files with meta-information about location.

In addition, the agent provided the Russian curator with information about critical defense industry facilities in Kharkiv to help aim Russian missile strikes.

The man was exposed in March 2023. At the trial, he pleaded not guilty and explained that he was born and raised in the Soviet Union and, therefore, could not divide “his great homeland of the Soviet Union” into parts.

The court sentenced him to 15 years in prison with confiscation of property.

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the Prosecutor’s Office announced 182 suspicions of high treason, 738 for collaboration, and 61 suspicions of collaborationism with the Russian Federation. 39 suspicions were announced for disseminating information about the movement of units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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