15:16 Mar. 31, 2016
Ukraine's security service confirms its officer was detained in Moscow
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Thursday (March 31) it had detained an alleged CIA-trained Ukrainian intelligence officer.
According to FSB, lieutenant-colonel Yuriy Ivanchenko arrived in Russia upon the pretext of visiting relatives, despite the fact that Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) prohibits its officers to visit the country. It is reported, that the counterintelligence officer was detained on March 26.
Ukraine's SBU chief Vasyl Hrytsak confirmed the detention of Ivanchenko, whose visit to Russia was unauthorized by Ukrainian authorities.
Russian FSB claims, that Ivanchenko was trying to become a triple agent:
"Ahead of his arrival in Russia, the FSB received information that the SBU and the CIA prepared Ivanchenko to take part in an operation to be recruited by the FSB by offering them his services," the FSB said in a statement.
"As the actions of the foreigner did not damage the security of Russia, he will be deported to Ukraine and be banned from entering the Russian territory," it said.