SBU reveals 33 Russian assets operating under the guise of religious clerics

The security service of Ukraine realizes all possible threats of hostile influence in the operations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, therefore the agency is working thoroughly to counter such threats.

So says the acting chief of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Vasyl Maliuk, who spoke in an interview with Interfax, reports Ukrinform.

“If we take the period since the start of the war, we have opened 23 criminal proceedings targeting such figures. We have already indicted 33 suspects – from classic human assets gathering deep intelligence to average incendiary wearing cassocks,” he said. .

According to the head of the Ukrainian special service, this environment is an ideal field for the functioning of the hostile HUMINT network leaders. “That’s why we’re doing some quality work in this direction,” assured the safety chief.

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Maliuk recalled the detention of a “cleric” in the Vinnytsia region, “who (Russian Patriarch Kirill – ed.) is Gundyaev’s university group mate and who was in constant contact with the FSB.”

“Compromising materials, especially correspondence in chat messages, have been revealed,” the acting head of the SBU added.

As Ukrinform previously reported, law enforcement officers in the Donetsk region filed a collaboration charge against the rector of Kazan parish in Yarova village, which is part of the Horlivka Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).

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