- The General Army of Ukraine. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi revealed that a hidden listening device was discovered in one of his offices.
- Suspicion immediately fell on Russia amid the nearly 22-month war between the two countries that is set to continue for another year.
- Ukraine’s military intelligence chief survived multiple assassination attempts carried out by the Russian state security service.
Ukraine’s army chief said on Monday that a hidden listening device had been found in one of the offices where he works and hinted without specifying that other locations were bugged.
Army Cmdr. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi commented to local media on Sunday’s revelation by the Security Service of Ukraine that during a routine sweep a bug was found in a room he was using. The device was not working, the agency said.
Suspicion immediately fell on Russia amid the nearly 22-month war between the two countries that is set to continue for another year.
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“I have several offices where I work. This happened in one of them,” Zaluzhnyi said. “We checked (the room) and found (the device),” he said.
He added that listening devices were not only found in the office where he worked, but he did not elaborate and left it unclear whether more than one device was found at the premises of the General Staff of Ukraine.
The dark developments left many questions unanswered. Officials had no further comment.
The intelligence services of both Russia and Ukraine were active during the war.
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Ukraine’s military intelligence chief survived 10 assassination attempts carried out by Russia’s state security service, or FSB, according to Ukrainian authorities. Last month, his wife was hospitalized after being diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning.
Ukraine’s spy agency, meanwhile, is said to be engaged in sabotage operations far behind the front lines.
Artillery shelling continues to claim civilian lives as front-line fighting gets trapped in winter mud and snow.
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Two Ukrainian civilians have been killed and at least two wounded in the past 24 hours, the president’s office said Monday.
In the north, the Russian military shelled the village of Krasnopillia in the Sumy region, killing a civilian in his home and destroying residential buildings, it said. In the south, an 81-year-old man died on the street during an attack in downtown Kherson.