Contents tagged with SBU

  • 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 …

  • Strelkov confirms authenticity of the Ukrainian Security Service recording discussing Zakharchenko’s assassination

    The former Defense Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Igor “Strelkov” Girkin stated on his VKontakte post that the audio recording published by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) was authentic. The recording captured an assistant to Denis Pushilin discussing the assasination of then DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko with unknown people.

    Pushilin was chosen to succeed Zakharchenko a week after the latter was assassinated on August 31.

    “I have just received confirmation …

  • Ukraine imposes sanctions against Russian transportation companies

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has introduced special sanctions and restrictive measures to individual business entities of the Russian Federation that have concluded contracts with transport industry enterprises controlled by the pro-Russian administration of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, the  press service of the SBU reported.

    Employees of the special services established that during 2018, “a number of Russian legal entities and individuals entered into "external …

  • Media: Ukraine fails to sanction 40 Russian companies from the US and EU sanctions list

    The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) "forgot" to include dozens of Russian companies that are included in the sanctions list of the US Treasury, stated Ukrainian MP Svitlana Zalishchuk in her article for Ukrayinska Pravda.

    According to Zalishchuk, the journalist Valentyna Samar and journalists from the Center for Journalistic Investigations noticed that forty individuals and companies involved in the annexation of the Crimea and operating in the Donbas that are included …