Contents tagged with SBU

  • Ukrainian authorities investigate disappearance of icons from Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

    Ukrainian law enforcement authorities are investigating the disappearance of icons from the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra which is being rented by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP), Interfax-Ukraine reports, citing Ukrainian Culture Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk.

    “A full inventory has already been partially done. We are now being sent full reports. There are some losses from the icons in the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra,” the Minister noted. “On the other hand, it shouldn’t be said …

  • Ukrainian Security Service investigates an attempt to seize power in Ukraine

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) started an investigation into a possible attempt to seize power in the country in 2018, Ukrainsky Novyny news outlet reported, citing the materials of the court.

    According to the SBU, a conference called the “First national Ukrainian Congress” or “FNUC” was held in Prague in May 2018. Its participants declared the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the General Prosecutor's Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine illegitimate and criminal …

  • Ukrainian Security Service expels Belarusian citizen for anti-Ukrainian propaganda

    The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) expelled a Belarusian citizen, Pavel Karnazytsky and banned him from entering Ukraine for three years. Karnazytsky had often taken part in TV programs on different Channels and positioned himself as a political observer, reported the SBU’s website. 

    "The SBU blocked the destructive activity of the Belarusian citizen Pavel Karnazytsky who disseminated anti-Ukrainian propaganda in the territory of our country. Operatives found out that the foreign national, …

  • Ukrainian Security Service: Three prisoners handed over to Kyiv in December were recruited by the LPR

    The counterintelligence department of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has discovered that three out of the 42 prisoners from Luhansk who were handed over to Ukraine at the start of December had been recruited by the Luhansk People’s Republic’s (LPR) Ministry of State Security. 

    The SBU press service reported that prisoners had been coerced to sign tacit collaboration pledges through threats and psychological pressure. Presumably, they were expected to collect information about the …

  • Ukrainian Security Service uncovers Russian intelligence agent network 

    The counterintelligence department of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has uncovered a network of Russian intelligence agents and arrested its leader, announced Volodymyr Nestyuk, head of the counterintelligence department, on Thursday December 27.

    “Notably, on December 20 its leader was arrested – a citizen of Ukraine, born in 1961, a first rank captain of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in reserve, who also has Russian citizenship,” UNIAN cites Nestyuk as saying. 

    Russian intelligence …

  • Ukraine puts its cyber forces in combat mode

    Russia orchestrated a powerful DDoS attack on the Ukrainian Defense Ministry website at the same time as its border guards were attacking and capturing the Ukrainian boats in the Kerch Strait, said Major General Volodymyr Rapko, head of the Ukrainian General Staff’s Main Directorate for Communications and Information Systems, at a press conference on Monday, December 17.

    “In the entire state cybersecurity system, the Armed Forces of Ukraine hold one of the leading places. The relevant …

  • Poroshenko calls on Ukrainian Security Service to investigate government officials with Russian relatives

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has asked Vasyl Hrytsak, head of the Ukrainian Security Service  (SBU), to have the counterintelligence department investigate civil servants to find out whether they have relatives with Russian citizenship.

    The Ukrainian President announced this at a press conference on Sunday in Kyiv, when asked if the SBU had determined whether Serhiy Semochko, first deputy head of the Ukrainian Foreign Intelligence Service, has Russian citizenship.

    “We have a large …

  • Ukrainian Security Service accuses Russia of attempts to interfere in elections

    Russian special services are trying to use social networks, in particular, Facebook and Twitter to interfere in the election processes in Ukraine, according to a statement published on the website of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU),

     “Russia uses the Internet-Research Agency (closed in 2016) for the above purpose. In the run-up to the parliamentary and presidential elections, Ukrainians began to receive offers for a temporary access to the so-called advertising office intended for …

  • Ukrainian Security Service claims to have thwarted new malware attack planned by Russia

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported that a group of hackers controlled by the Russian special services attempted to attack Ukraine with new malware, which is an updated version of the Industoyer backdoor Trojan.

    The SBU website says that the malware allows the hackers to remotely administer the operating system processes, copy files, monitor user activity and intercept passwords.

    Thanks to the cooperation with a well-known antivirus company, Ukraine was able to establish cyber- …

  • Ukrainian Security Service publishes names of 8 more Wagner mercenaries killed by US in Syria

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has published information on another eight mercenaries from the Wagner Private Military Company (PMC) who were killed in Syria on February 7, 2018, in a clash with US forces, SBU spokesman Ihor Huskov told Ukrainsky Novyny ( Ukrainian News).

    “Russia officially said their were five casualties, but we have constantly been publishing information confirming the deaths of 50 people. Today I can present you with information on another eight casualties, two of …