Ukraine detains suspected Russian spy in Premier's inner circle

Ukraine detains suspected Russian spy in Premier's inner circle

She made the admission in a news conference in Poland, a day after a picture emerged on social media showing the man in the Number 10 residence.

Stanislav Yezhov was apprehended by the Ukrainian Security Services who believe he used his role to collect intelligence from different governments.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) arrested Mr Yezhov in Kiev Wednesday. In another he is seen leaving Downing Street.

He is known to have accompanied Hroysman on his worldwide trips and often served as an interpreter and has worked in the past in the president's office and at the Ukrainian Embassy to the United States.

Yezhov had worked "for the enemy state [Russia] for a long time", the prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman, declared on his Facebook page.

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Ukraine's security agency says it had detained a government official accused of spying for Russian Federation.

A photograph taken in early July shows Mr Yezhov standing in between the United Kingdom and Ukrainian prime ministers as they walked down a corridor in Downing Street.

'He was respected. And he responsibly and diligently worked for the Russian special services'. The official gave data to the Russians through "electronic channels of communication".

The SBU did not directly refer to Mr Yezhov but he was named by other senior officials.

The SBU said in a statement that the official was recruited by Russian agents while he travelled overseas.

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The Ukrainska Pravda news agency claimed government sources said he had been under surveillance for months.

The revelation came as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson travelled to Moscow for a meeting with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov tomorrow.

'We have agreed today to bolster our cooperation to counter Russian disinformation in the region. we are both deeply concerned by Russia's attempts to weaponise information, ' she told reporters during a visit to Poland.

She said: "The Kremlin is seeking to undermine the worldwide rules-based system, and it will not succeed".

The Kyiv Post, Ukraine's main English language newspaper, said Yezhov had been detained on suspicion of espionage for Russian Federation on Wednesday.

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"We can neither confirm or deny the allegations against him".

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