Russia arrests serviceman accused of spying for Ukraine

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested a serviceman in Siberia for having allegedly passed state secrets to Ukraine.

Russia arrests serviceman accused of spying for Ukraine

The serviceman, from Russia's Strategic Missile Forces, was arrested within the Siberian city of Barnaul, about 2,900km (1,800 miles) east of Moscow, as he was walking out of a grocery , FSB footage carried by Russian news agencies showed on Thursday.

In a statement carried by Russian agencies, the FSB said the serviceman had allegedly passed state secrets to the most Directorate of Intelligence in Ukraine's defence ministry.

It didn't provide further details on the character of the knowledge that had allegedly been’ passed.

The FSB said a criminal case had been opened’ for state treason. If convicted, the serviceman could confront to twenty years in jail.

Relations between Russia and Ukraine have soured since Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014 and pro-Kremlin separatists seized a swath of eastern Ukraine.

Russia has spent heavily to integrate Crimea into its territory, and it's been the main target of espionage and military tensions since its annexation.


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