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Pro-Russia Agent Accused of Wreaking Havoc in Ukraine as NATO Talks Deadlock

Anna Nemtsova

ODESSA—Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) investigators have arrested a pro-Russian agent accused of “plotting a series of information-psychological attacks in order to bring more chaos” to the major port city of Odessa, a Ukrainian security official told The Daily Beast on Wednesday.

According to security officials who spoke with The Daily Beast, the agent was part of a Russian intelligence-affiliated group which identifies itself as “The Free City of Odessa.” The group is reportedly based in Odessa’s neighboring territory of Transnistria, a breakaway state where hundreds of Russian troops are stationed. The Free City of Odessa had recently published a video of camouflaged and masked guerrilla fighters firing guns at a photo of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In the video, the members called for locals to “wake up and free NATO-occupied and Washington-controlled” Ukraine.

On Monday, Russian authorities made clear in Geneva and Brussels that if NATO does not give Moscow cast iron guarantees that Ukraine “never ever” gains membership, the response would be of a “military-technical” nature. That same day, the SBU arrested the 47-year-old “agent of Russian intelligence” in Odessa, accused of setting fire to a Ukrainian Armed Forces vehicle and desecrating public property. According to a report detailing the man’s arrest, he was apprehended in the process of attempting to recruit another operative to wreak havoc on the city.

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