FSB Thwarts NATO-Supervised Ukrainian Intel Operation to Hijack Russian Combat Aircraft

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Monday that it had thwarted a Ukrainian military intelligence operation supervised by the special services of NATO countries to hijack the Russian Aerospace Forces’ combat aircraft.

“The Russian Federal Security Service uncovered and stopped the operation of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense to hijack combat aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces, supervised by NATO special services,” the FSB said in a statement.

Ukrainian military intelligence officers, acting on behalf of the political leadership of their country, tried to recruit Russian military pilots for a monetary reward and guarantees of obtaining citizenship of one of the EU countries, the statement said, adding that the Ukrainian attempted officers to persuade them to land aircraft at airfields controlled by the Ukrainian armed forces of Ukraine.

The employees of the Ukrainian special services involved in this operation and their accomplices have been identified, the FSB added.

Previously, reports suggested that NATO and US intel in particular are heavily involved in the Ukrainian crisis, as their agents are deployed to back Kiev against Moscow in a bid to stop the Russian special military op in Ukraine.

The news about the foiled operation as the Ukrainian troops failed to break through the Russian defensive line in the Kherson region.

At the same time, Kiev’s forces are gradually being pressed out of the Donbass region; Russian servicemen and Donbass militia are advancing, having fully liberated the territory of the LPR earlier this month.

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