We are dismantling the agent networks that Russia has been creating in Ukraine for 30 years, Vasyl Maluk, the head of the Security Service of Ukraine, said in an interview with the Interfax-Ukraina agency on Friday. As he stated, “Russia wanted many agents” in Ukraine.
– (Vladimir Putin is a KGB officer who has been rebuilding agent work for decades Ukraine. (…) However, in fact the agent network of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) did not work as expected (in Russia) – said Vasyl Maluk, adding that “Russia wanted many agents” in Ukraine.
Maluk gave a figure of 300 people whom he described as “traitors”. He admitted that there were nine of them in the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) alone, and 102 in the armed forces. – Unfortunately, there were also traitors in various authorities: we detected “moles” in the secretariat of the Council of Ministers, in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, among current and former law enforcement officers and representatives of the defense forces, said the head of the SBU. He stressed that the SBU not only “unmasks individual traitors”, but also “destroys the agent networks that Russia has been preparing for 30 years.”
Detention in Crimea and “agents in cassocks”
As an “unprecedented, long-term covert operation”, he described the detention of the former head of the SBU board in Crimea, Oleh Kulinich, who is now accused of high treason. Maluk admitted that Kulinich “was giving the enemy a lot of information” about the SBU and about Ukraine in general.
General Maluk, who took over as head of the SBU earlier this year, also spoke of “FSB agents in cassocks”, referring to the detained clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate. As he informed, seven court sentences have so far been issued against clergymen who “stood on the side of the enemy”. Criminal cases were initiated against 61 clergymen.
The head of the SBU stated that “the enemy highly values his agents in cassocks”, because one of them was exchanged for as many as 28 Ukrainian soldiers.
Life path of the head of the SBU
Maluk comes from the Zhytomyr region. From 2001, he served in the state security authorities. He graduated from the National Academy of the SBU – a university educating the staff of the Ukrainian secret services. He specialized in jurisprudence.
In 2020, Maluk began working in the Central Directorate of the SBU as deputy head of the department for combating corruption and organized crime. In 2022, he became the head of this department and the first deputy head of the SBU.
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