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Ex-Black Sea Fleet officer detained over espionage for Ukraine

November 24, 2016, 10:55 UTC+3

The Federal Security Service said the serviceman had been providing classified information on the Black Sea Fleet’s activities to the foreign secret service

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MOSCOW, November 24. /TASS/. A former Black Sea Fleet officer has been detained in Crimea’s city of Sevastopol over espionage for Ukraine, a source in the public relations center of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) told TASS.

"On November 22, Russia’s Federal Security Service detained a former officer of the Black Sea Fleet headquarters, reserves Captain II rank Leonid Parkhomenko," the source said.

"Parkhomenko was fulfilling tasks given to him by the Ukrainian military intelligence, and provided classified information on the Black Sea Fleet’s activities to the foreign secret service."

The Federal Security Service has initiated a criminal case under article 275 of the Russian Criminal Code (treason). Investigation is underway.

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