14:52 Oct. 10, 2016
Russian authorities do not comment on the incident
A suspected agent of Russian military intelligence was caught red-handed in Ukraine's western city of Rivne, Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU) reported on October 9.
According to the SBU, the man was seeking to obtain classified military information about Ukrainian Armed Forces as well as to recruit a senior Ukrainian army officer by offering him Russian citizenship and financial reward.
Neither the alleged spy nor his attempted recruit were named.
The detainee is a Ukrainian citizen, who resides in Russia, according to the SBU.
The SBU claimed it was given a tip-off about the agent by the officer whom he tried to turn to the Russian side.
The alleged agent was detained while being handed a flash drive containing what he believed was classified data.
The arrest came just a day after Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko was charged with espionage in Russia.