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In Kherson, a former Ukrainian deputy who collaborated with Russian security forces was shot dead – Obozrevatel

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Alexei Kovalev, a former Ukrainian MP who collaborated with Russian troops, was found dead in his home in the Kherson region. The news was posted on several Telegram channels before being confirmed by Russia on Monday.

“Russian propagandists confirm the death of the deputy-traitor of the people Alexei Kovalev. His body was found at his home in Hola Pristan.” facebook Sergiy Khlan, advisor to the head of the Kherson military-civilian administration.

This has already been stated by the Investigative Committee of Russia. clarifies the circumstances of the murder Alexey Kovalev, who during the Russian occupation served as deputy head of the Kherson regional department for agriculture. The Russian department indicates that Kovalev died on August 28 in his house from a gunshot wound, the state agency reports. RIA News. The woman who lived with him also died in the attack.

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Kovalyov was a deputy from the Servant of the People party, led by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to Ukrainian Pravda, He was expelled May 3 after recognition in cooperation with Russian troops in the Kherson region, occupied almost from the beginning of the invasion.

This is not the first attempt to kill the former deputy. As remember Ukrainian journalist Andriy Tsaplienko, who previously became a victim of an assassination attempt and members of the resistance in Kherson declared it a “priority target”.

On June 22, Ukrainian intelligence chief Kirill Budanov confirmed that Kovalev’s car had exploded in Kherson. A week later, a former Servant of the People member claimed to have survived an assassination attempt, which he called an act of “sabotage”, carried out by the Ukrainian special services.

in the Kherson region, several Russian collaborators became victims of assassination attemptssome successful ones that are attributed Ukrainian resistance. Recently, the vice-president of the administration of Nova Kakhovka, Vitaly Gur, was shot dead while leaving his house and died on the way to the hospital.

“Invisible in the rear of Russia”: Ukrainian resistance in Kherson does not give a truce

Ukrainian forces began offensive in the south of the country against the Russian military, including in the Kherson region, confirmed Natalya Gumenyuk, spokeswoman for the Ukrainian southern command. Ukraine has repeatedly demonstrated its intention to regain the occupied territories, in particular Kherson.

Kyiv announced the start of an offensive against Russian troops on the southern front.

Natalya Gumenyuk declined to give details of the operation, but said that 10 Russian ammunition depots had been hit in the past week. He believes that these recent attacks on logistics routes in the south of the country have “undoubtedly weakened the enemy.”

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Vladimir Putin has delayed the invasion of Ukraine at least three times.

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Putin has repeatedly consulted with Russian Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu about the invasion, Europa Press told Ukraine’s chief intelligence director Vadim Skibitsky.

According to Skibitsky, it was the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), which is responsible for counterintelligence and espionage work, that put pressure on Gerasimov and other military agencies to agree to launch an offensive. .

However, according to the Ukrainian intelligence services, the FSB considered that by the end of February sufficient preparations had already been made to guarantee the success of the Russian Armed Forces in a lightning invasion.

However, according to Kyiv, the Russian General Staff provided the Russian troops with supplies and ammunition for only three days, hoping that the offensive would be swift and immediately successful.

The head of Ukrainian intelligence also emphasized the cooperation of local residents, who always provided the Ukrainian authorities with up-to-date information about the Russian army, such as the number of soldiers or the exact location of troops.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine caused at least 6.5 million internally displaced persons and more than 7.8 million refugees to European countries, which is why the UN classifies this migration crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945). gg.). ).

At the moment, 17.7 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 9.3 million are in need of food aid and housing.

The UN has presented as confirmed 6,755 civilian deaths and 10,607 wounded since the beginning of the war, stressing that these figures are much lower than the real ones.

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Life sentence for former Swedish official for spying for Russia

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A Stockholm court on Monday sentenced a former Swedish intelligence officer to life in prison for spying for Russia, and his brother to at least 12 years in prison. In what is considered one of the most serious cases in Swedish counterintelligence history, much of the trial took place behind closed doors in the name of national security.

According to the prosecution, it was Russian military intelligence, the GRU, who took advantage of the information provided by the two brothers between 2011 and their arrest at the end of 2021.

Peyman Kia, 42, has held many senior positions in the Swedish security apparatus, including the army and his country’s intelligence services (Säpo). His younger brother, Payam, 35, is accused of “participating in the planning” of the plot and of “managing contacts with Russia and the GRU, including passing on information and receiving financial rewards.”

Both men deny the charges, and their lawyers have demanded an acquittal on charges of “aggravated espionage,” according to the Swedish news agency TT.

The trial coincides with another case of alleged Russian espionage, with the arrest of the Russian-born couple in late November in a suburb of Stockholm by a police team arriving at dawn in a Blackhawk helicopter.

Research website Bellingcat identified them as Sergei Skvortsov and Elena Kulkova. The couple allegedly acted as sleeper agents for Moscow, having moved to Sweden in the late 1990s.

According to Swedish press reports, the couple ran companies specializing in the import and export of electronic components and industrial technology.

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The man was again detained at the end of November for “illegal intelligence activities.” His partner, suspected of being an accomplice, has been released but remains under investigation.

According to Swedish authorities, the arrests are not related to the trial of the Kia brothers.

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Ukraine admitted that Russia may announce a general mobilization

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“They can strengthen their positions. We understand that this can happen. At the same time, we do not rule out that they will announce a general mobilization,” Danilov said in an interview with the Ukrainska Pravda online publication.

Danilov believed that this mobilization would also be convened “to exterminate as many as possible” of Russian citizens, so that “they would no longer have any problems on their territory.”

In this sense, Danilov also reminded that Russia has not given up on securing control over Kyiv or the idea of ​​the complete “destruction” of Ukraine. “We have to be ready for anything,” he said.

“I want everyone to understand that [os russos] they have not given up on the idea of ​​destroying our nation. If they don’t have Kyiv in their hands, they won’t have anything in their hands, we must understand this,” continued Danilov, who also did not rule out that a new Russian offensive would come from “Belarus and other territories.” .

As such, Danilov praised the decision of many of its residents who chose to stay in the Ukrainian capital when the war broke out in order to defend the city.

“They expected that there would be panic, that people would run, that there would be nothing to protect Kyiv,” he added, referring to President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine caused at least 6.5 million internally displaced persons and more than 7.8 million refugees to European countries, which is why the UN classifies this migration crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945). gg.). ).

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At the moment, 17.7 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 9.3 million are in need of food aid and housing.

The Russian invasion, justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security, was condemned by the international community at large, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing political and economic sanctions on Russia.

The UN has presented as confirmed 6,755 civilian deaths and 10,607 wounded since the beginning of the war, stressing that these figures are much lower than the real ones.

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