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22 September 2020, 14:59

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Ukrainian agent detained as he tries to pass info on LPR militia

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LUGANSK, September 22 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic State Security Ministry (MGB) officers detained a 21-year-old Lugansk resident recruited by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) as he was trying to pass information on the strength of LPR People’s Militia units, the MGB press service reported.

“The State Security Ministry of the Lugansk People’s Republic exposed a Ukrainian secret service agent,” the MGB said identifying him as Lugansk resident Vladislav Lilipu, 21.

The SBU recruited Lilipu when he was passing the Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point in 2015 at the age of 16. He was persuaded to sign a cooperation agreement, assigned the nickname Slava and tasked with gathering information for the Ukrainian intelligence.

“In 2020, the SBU told Lilipu to join the LPR militia to gather confidential data. MGB officers detained the Ukrainian agent as he was trying to pass information on LPR militia units strength to the SBU," the LPR State Security Ministry said.

When interrogated, Lilipu said that in exchange for passing confidential information, the SBU promised him a job at the SBU and unhindered crossing of the contact line for his relatives.

“When I stopped providing the information, I started receiving threats, like they might do something to my relatives or their property,” he said.

Cooperation with foreign secret services is prohibited by LPR laws and punished by up to 20 years in prison with property confiscation.

A note to Article 335 (High Treason) and Article 336 (Espionage), says that a timely report on recruitment by a foreign secret service secures exemption from criminal responsibility.

The LPR State Security Ministry asks residents to report all illegal actions by Ukrainian servicemen, volunteer battalions, police or secret service by calling +38 (0642) 34-51-64, +38 (099) 562-89-02, +38 (072) 163-28-00 or writing to mgb.lnr@yandex.ru

LuganskMediaCentre — 22 September — Lugansk