KHARKIV OBLAST, UKRAINE, Apr 26 — The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained two residents of Kharkiv suspected of directing guided bombs (KABs) on the positions of the Ukrainian military, reported SBU’s spokesman Vladyslav Abdula.

According to the SBU, the Russians remotely involved two residents of Kharkiv to hit defensive lines and fortifications of Ukrainian troops defending the regional center. To strike the locations of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Russians reportedly planned to use super-heavy guided bombs.

The suspect / Photo: Vladyslav Abdula
The suspect / Photo: Vladyslav Abdula

“Under the guise of private repairmen, they [suspects] were traveling around the region, secretly recording the locations of Ukrainian troops and the location of defense lines,” Abdula said.

Vladyslav Abdula says the two suspects used a messenger to pass on the information to “liaison” from Russian intelligence. 

SBU officers detained the suspects in their homes. During the search, SBU seized their cell phones, which they allegedly used to communicate with the Russian troops. Both have been taken into custody and face 8 years in prison to life imprisonment if convicted.

In total, since the start of the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, more than 1,000 people in the Kharkiv Oblast have been issued a notice of suspicion in proceedings over treason, collaboration, and dissemination of information about the movement of the Armed Forces.

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