Russian intelligence operatives for years lived in Ukraine under false identities.
Despite the agreement between Ukraine and Russia, Russian secret services have long lead subversive and intelligence
activities on the territory of Ukraine. This statement was made by to
the Channel 5 by the acting Deputy Head of Presidential Administration
of Ukraine Andriy Senchenko.
“When we talk about Russian presence… We have 25 employees of Russian Central Intelligence in our custody
alone. Moreover, there are people there who lived in Ukraine under false
identities for 2 to 3 years, and against the agreement between Ukraine
and Russian Federation, were conducting subversive and intelligence
activities on the Ukrainian territory,” he said, responding to Russian
State Duma MP Ilya Ponomarev that was present in the studio, who alone
voted against the secession of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia.
Senchenko believes that the main task
of the Russian agents embedded in Ukraine and their local wards was to
disrupt the presidential elections and undermine the Ukrainian state.
“For Putin, the number one task is to
disrupt the stabilization process in Ukraine, to disrupt presidential
elections, it is obvious… and the only tool for achieving this are those
separatists who disrupt peace in Donbas first of all and in our country
in whole; they are instrumental for the destabilization of the
political situation in the country for a long time ahead,” he explained.
Responding to criticism against the
Ukrainian government, he stated: “We were criticized for the sluggish
start of the anti-terrorist operation. But the beginning of this
operation was tied to disentangling the protests in the region. And we
managed to do this almost across the entire Donbas, in order to protect
the innocent people who came to protest against living in poverty, total
corruption, against injustice… We managed to pull them away from the
protests, we, as the authorities, have reached out to these people,
telling them that we are their partners in building a new Ukraine,” said
“Who is left there today? Those who
came there for money of the ‘Family’ [Yanukovych's clan], for the money
of those who want to maintain total control over the Donbas region, over
its resources, who are trying to grip tightly the right to exploit
Donbas’s 10 million residents. And we will speak with them in another
tone,” he added.
“And even then – we will try to
dissuade those who are not tainted by crime, and don’t have blood on
their hands… We say: “Leave, we are ready to grant amnesty to you,” said
the acting deputy head of the Presidential Administration.
Source: ukrinform.ua. Translated by Crimea_SOS, edited by Alya Shandra