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    Ukrainian Citizen Charged with Espionage for Russia in Poland

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    In a recent development, the District Prosecutor’s Office in Gdańsk, Poland, has filed charges against a Ukrainian citizen accused of conducting espionage activities in favor of Russian intelligence. The individual’s mission was to gather information about critical infrastructure in the Pomeranian region. If convicted, he could face a sentence of up to 10 years behind bars.

    The Ukrainian national had been residing in Poland since January, but his activities came to light on March 21 when he was apprehended by the Military Counterintelligence Service, first reported by journalists. According to military counterintelligence findings, the Ukrainian was working for Russian intelligence by “acquiring and collecting information, including details about critical infrastructure in the Pomeranian and Kuyavian-Pomeranian voivodeships, as well as the actions of security and government agencies responsible for safety.” He allegedly relayed this information to Russian intelligence.

    Grażyna Wawryniuk, a spokeswoman for the District Prosecutor’s Office in Gdańsk, revealed that the suspect had been coerced into engaging in espionage activities within Poland and had been carrying out tasks assigned by Russian intelligence since at least January 2023.

    Since his detention, the Ukrainian national has been held in custody. The ongoing investigation conducted by the Military Prosecution Department in Gdańsk is one of several cases involving activities on behalf of Russian and Belarusian intelligence services pursued by military prosecutors. Some of these investigations have already resulted in the filing of charges.

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