The Belarusian State Security Committee (KGB) said that the arrested Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sharoyko has confessed to being a Ukrainian intelligence officer and working in the country under cover. This was announced by the KGB’s official spokesperson Dmitry Pobyarzhin.
The Belarusian KGB claims that Sharoyko created an agent network with a number of Belarusian citizens, whom he paid to collect military and political intelligence information.
“In light of his work experience as the head of the press service for the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, as a cover he was assigned the post of correspondent for the National Public broadcasting Company of Ukraine,” the KGB spokesperson explained.
The KGB claims to have convincing proof of Sharoyko’s illicit actions, which harmed Belarus’s national security.
“During the search, we discovered copies of intelligence reports in the detainee’s possession which he had previously sent to the Center,” the KGB’s statement reads.
Charges of espionage have been brought against the Ukrainian journalist, and he is being kept in custody.