Foreign intelligence trying to destabilize Odesa region, top security official says

Ukraine’s counterintelligence operatives have been successfully countering such attempts, Bakanov assures.

Foreign intelligence agencies are trying to escalate the situation in Ukraine’s southern Odesa region, SBU Head Ivan Bakanov said.

Ukraine’s counterintelligence operatives have been successfully countering such attempts, Bakanov assured during a working trip to Odesa region, the SBU press center reports.

“Odesa region is the largest region of Ukraine in terms of territory. It’s multinational, with the longest borders, major sea trade ports, and significant economic potential. And we’re very well aware of foreign intelligence agencies trying to undermine the situation in Odesa region. But they won’t succeed. The SBU has successfully been countering such attempts, and will continue to do so,” Bakanov noted.

According to him, the region’s peculiarities impose additional responsibility on counterintelligence operatives toward maintaining peace and security.

“Don’t forget certain events that took place in Odess, starting from 2014. Therefore, our counterintelligence should perform at the highest level here,” Bakanov emphasized, hinting at the foiled attempt of Russia-backed forces in 2014 to destabilize the region and create a quasi-entity similar to the so-called “DPR” and “LPR” in Donbas.

Among the key priorities of the SBU, Bakanov also named countering any manifestations of separatism, protection of national statehood, and measures to tackle terrorism, sabotage, and cyberthreats.

(c) Unian

4 comments

  • “Foreign intelligence agencies are trying to escalate the situation in Ukraine’s southern Odesa region, SBU Head Ivan Bakanov said.”

    Does this foreign country not have a name? Or has the situation got so bad in Ukraine, the government are not allowed to use the word Russia. This is pathetic, if the Ukrainian government won’t call a spade a spade, neither will any other government in Europe.

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  • In case Odesa is being invaded i will personally volunteer to defend it, but not under Zelensky’s command.

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  • англійський масон

    Cough russia cough

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  • onlyfactsplease

    “Ukraine’s counterintelligence operatives have been successfully countering such attempts, Bakanov assures.”
    I hope so. But, seeing the operative successes they’ve had in the past against mafia land, I don’t have to hope…

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