Russia Prevents Attack on Admiral Kuznetsov Aircraft Carrier

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This operation was supervised by the head of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Directorate of Intelligence.

On Wednesday, the Federal Security Service (FSB) confirmed that it thwarted a sabotage attempt prepared by Ukraine against the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. This operation was supervised by Kiril Budanov, the head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

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Through social media, a Ukrainian intelligence officer, who identified himself as “Oleg,” contacted a young Russian navy officer and offered him large sums of money and a fake passport to flee to Finland.

Threatening to send false evidence to the Russian authorities so that the young officer would be prosecuted for financing the Ukrainian army, Oleg proposed that the Russian officer participate in an attack on the aircraft carrier.

To this end, the Ukrainian agent sent the Russian officer components to build an explosive device and asked him to record a video of the attack. However, by that time, the Russian officer had already informed the Federal Security Service about what was happening.

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▪️In March 2024, a Ukrainian intelligence officer, introducing himself as “Oleg,” contacted a Russian military man and tried to persuade him to commit a terrorist… pic.twitter.com/c58ES43YH5

— Zlatti71 (@Zlatti_71) July 10, 2024

Under the FSB’s supervision, the crew of the Admiral Kuznetsov simulated a fire on board and filmed a video of the fake attack, which was then sent to the Ukrainian agent, who deleted all his contacts after receiving the video.

The Russian Federal Security Service opened a case against the Ukrainian agent and other unidentified individuals on charges of recruitment and incitement to commit terrorist acts, which can carry a life sentence for those involved.

On Wednesday, Russian media revealed excerpts of statements made by the young navy officer whom Ukraine attempted to recruit to sabotage the vessel. In Moscow, authorities detained a Russian citizen born in 1994, who organized the delivery of three powerful explosive devices, disguised as gifts, according to Ukrainian intelligence instructions.

The Admiral Kuznetsov began construction in 1982 at the Black Sea Shipyard, was launched in 1985, and participated in anti-terrorist operations in Syria years later. Currently, this military vessel is under repair and will return to active duty at the end of 2024.

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