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Ukrainian plot to hijack Russian warplanes exposed by Moscow
According to information shared with RT, Kiev’s spies offered Russian pilots money and EU citizenship as a reward
Russian intelligence has claimed that it foiled a sophisticated plot from Ukrainian spies to hijack several military jets. A security official official and a pilot, who is said to have been targeted by Kiev's agents, have shared details of the operation with RT.

Russia's Federal Security Service (the FSB) has sensationally added that a leading figure from the US-government funded investigative organization Bellingcat – which presents itself as a journalistic grouping – was also involved in the scheme, which it believes was "supervised by NATO intelligence agencies." The FSB specifically pointed the finger at British operatives.

It explained that Russian pilots were promised passports from EU members states, and substantial cash rewards in order to participate in the plot.

Early in the ongoing conflict, the Ukrainians compiled a list of Russian military hardware, using publicly available information. They promised monetary rewards for potential defectors who managed to bring the equipment with them. The more elaborate the weapons were, the better the rewards that were promised, with warplanes, helicopters and tanks fetching the top payment of up to $1 million.

When the public call for defectors fell flat, Ukraine’s security service targeted individual Russian servicemen – pilots in particular – directly. They apparently traced and identified the airmen through the digital trail they left online, an operative with the Russian Security Service (the FSB) told RT TV reporter Maria Finoshina. Kiev appeared to be specifically interested in Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers and Tu-22M3 strategic aircraft, according to the source.

A Su-34 pilot targeted in the plot told RT that he was initially reluctant to speak with the Ukrainian spies, believing the promise of $1 million for stealing warplanes and defecting to Kiev to be a prank. After realizing his interlocutors were serious about the proposal, he tipped off Russian intelligence, which then monitored subsequent conversations.

“Initially, of course, I took it as a joke, but after a period of talking it became clear that I was dealing with representatives of the Ukrainian intelligence service and their Western partners,” the pilot said. “Also, I was supposed to get passports of European states and a comfortable life abroad was promised.”

Kiev's intelligence operatives apparently believed the Russian pilots who they contacted were ready to commit treason and hijack their own warplanes, putting them in touch with a Ukrainian pilot to discuss technical details.

“They believed so much in the possibility of organizing the hijacking that they revealed the layout of their defense systems, altitude maps, and lots of other useful information to us,” the Russian airman said, adding that the information obtained from the Ukrainians was used during the military operation.

To prove that the pilots were actually able to pull off the hijacking and had access to the specific warplanes, Ukrainian intelligence demanded video proof from them. The pilots were paid between $4,000 and $7,000 per video, which showed them getting into the planes while holding pieces of paper with specific numbers.

Since most financial transactions between Russia and foreign countries has been heavily restricted under Western sanctions, the pilots were to be paid in cash through an elaborate network of couriers. The FSB says it has detained the man who had allegedly hired the couriers to deliver the money, and the suspect made a rather unexpected revelation.

The middleman claimed he had received orders directly from Christo Grozev, the Bulgarian ‘lead Russia investigator’ with Bellingcat, a controversial Western state-funded organization that was labeled “undesirable” in Russia earlier in July. Moscow has repeatedly questioned the independence of the investigative group, citing its close ties with intelligence agencies.

“Grozev… did not actually explain anything to me, he just told me the name of the courier who would deliver the money by train,” the suspect claimed.

The alleged involvement of Grozev is not the only suggestion of Western influence in hijacking the planes. During the negotiations with the pilots, Ukrainian intelligence was able to procure two legitimate EU passports – one Slovakian and one Romanian – for wives of the pilots, as a guarantee for the would-be ‘defectors’.

Leaving Russia with such documents would have immediately turned the pilots’ families into “hostages” of Ukrainian intelligence, the FSB operative told RT, as “methods of blackmail, threats and pressure on relatives” have long been standard practice for them.

“Obviously, the operation itself was carried out with the support of Western and, primarily, British intelligence services. We know about Grozev’s involvement and MI6 not only from these statements,” he added, claiming that Ukrainian intelligence had recently “ceased hiding” its ties with foreign spies.

The plot also described an even a darker element, as the would-be-defectors were supposed to somehow deal with their fellow crew members, it was revealed. While the Su-34 has two crew members, the Tu-22M3 has four.

Ukrainian intelligence reportedly suggested that Russian pilots should drug their comrades with Clophelin (Clonidine), a medication used to treat high blood pressure and other ailments. In high doses, however, it has a strong sedative effect, which makes the drug ‘popular’ among criminals wishing to knock out their victims to rob them. Very high doses can also be lethal.

Since the medication is not easy to come by in Russia, Ukrainian intelligence is said to have arranged a dead drop involving the substance. The FSB says it later recovered a stash of the product.

“As the pilot, I was asked to knock out my co-pilot, and what would happen to him after that is not clear – even whether he would be kept alive,” the Russian serviceman said.

According to the FSB’s information, the Ukrainian side insisted the betrayed crew members would be safe and exchanged as POWs later on. The Russian pilot, however, expressed strong doubts about that.

ロシア連邦保安庁(FSB)は、米国政府が資金提供する調査組織ベリングキャット(ジャーナリズム団体を自称)の有力者もこの計画に関与しており、"NATO情報機関によって監督された "と考えていることを、センセーショナルに付け加えた。FSBは、特にイギリスの工作員を指弾した。









この仲介者は、7月初めにロシアで「好ましくない」というレッテルを貼られ物議を醸した西側国家資金による組織Bellingcatのブルガリア人「ロシア調査主任」Christo Grozevから直接命令を受けたと主張した。モスクワは、情報機関と密接な関係があるとして、この調査グループの独立性に繰り返し疑問を呈してきた。










Bellingcat confirms involvement in Ukrainian plot to steal Russian jets
The controversial group insists, however, that it was merely making a “documentary film”
Christo Grozev, self-styled ‘lead Russia investigator’ with Bellingcat, confirmed on Monday his involvement in a Ukrainian intelligence plot to incite Russian military pilots to defect and hijack their planes. The senior member of the controversial Western-funded group, however, challenged the story told by the Russian side.

Russia’s Security Service (FSB) has presented “a traditional mix of forged ‘evidence’ and loosely interpreted facts” on the affair, Grozev claimed, rejecting allegations of being directly involved in the plot. According to a middleman detained by Russian intelligence, he had been receiving orders directly from Grozev on how to deliver cash to the pilots in exchange for videos proving they actually have access to warplanes.

“What is true, however, is I was involved in this crazier-than-fiction story of triple-agents, fake passports and faux girlfriends – as a documentary film maker,” he said, in a lengthy Twitter thread about the matter. Grozev did not, however, directly address the claims made against him by the detained suspect.

“Grozev… did not actually explain anything to me, he just told me the name of the courier who would deliver the money by train,” the suspect claimed.

Grozev also insisted the whole affair ultimately became a “serious blunder” for Russian intelligence rather than a success. He claimed that the intelligence has disclosed “unintentionally [the] identities of dozens of counter intel officers, their methods of operation, and their undercover assets.” One of the pilots, for instance, abruptly decided to flee Russia with his alleged “lover” instead of his wife, immediately raising suspicion of the team. Primarily, the alleged “lover” was deemed being “waaay too hot” for the pilot, while her phone contacts suggested she was in touch with FSB counter intelligence officers, according to Grozev.

The whole operation ultimately devolved into the two parties feeding each other misinformation on air defenses, flight paths, altitude corridors and so on. “This bizarre mutual-deceipt (sic) game came to an end when the FSB realized no one will show up at any of the suggested meet-ups (FSB were keen to identify Ukrainian agents), realizing they’ve been burned. And the Ukrainians realized they're likely not getting a real pilot either,” Grozev wrote.

He also claimed that the operation was staged by “maverick ex operatives” and not active Ukrainian intelligence services. “If it were, there’d be no way we would – or want to – get access to it,” he stressed. Bellingcat just “found out about the initiative” taken by the supposedly independent “operatives” it knew from before and “assured ourselves a front seat,” Grozev explained. He also strongly denied the involvement of any Western intelligence agencies in the plot, elegantly dismissing such allegations as “unadulterated bollocks.”

Russia has repeatedly questioned the independence and credibility of Bellingcat. Despite advertising itself as an investigative group specializing in fact-checking and open-source intelligence, with both professional and citizen journalists contributing, it has been receiving state funding from multiple Western states. The group was labeled “undesirable” in Russia earlier in July, with the designation effectively prohibiting any operations in the country for it.

Last year, Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) chief Sergey Naryshkin squarely accused Bellingcat of working closely with Western intelligence services with the sole goal to “put pressure on either [Russia] or on individuals and entities.”

“They use dishonest methods. And the information that is used in such cases is false, unverified, it has its own goals… They are ready to perform any task, because they do it for money, not objectively,” Naryshkin asserted.
しかし、物議をかもしているグループは、単に "ドキュメンタリー映画 "を作っていただけだと主張している。


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またグロゼフ容疑者は、この事件は結局、ロシア情報機関にとって成功というより「重大な失態」になったと主張している。彼は、諜報機関が "意図せずして "何十人ものカウンターインテル担当者の身元、その活動方法、そして潜入資産を公開してしまったと主張した。例えば、パイロットの一人は、突然、妻ではなく「恋人」とされる人物とロシアから脱出することを決め、たちまちチームへの疑惑を引き起こした。グロゼフ氏によると、この "恋人 "とされる人物は、パイロットにとって "セクシーすぎる "人物であり、彼女の電話連絡からはFSBの対敵情報部員と連絡を取り合っていることが示唆されたという。


彼はまた、この作戦は「破天荒な元工作員」によって演出されたもので、活発なウクライナの諜報機関ではないと主張した。「もしそうなら、我々がそれにアクセスすることはできないだろうし、したいとも思わない」と彼は強調した。ベリングキャットは、以前から知っていた独立系と思われる「工作員」による「主導権を知った」だけで、「自分たちが前席を確保した」とグロゼフは説明した。彼はまた、この陰謀への西側情報機関の関与を強く否定し、そのような疑惑を "紛れもないでたらめ "として上品に一蹴しました。




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