Media, suspected betrayals among Ukrainians 007, in view of purges

(ANSA) – ROME, JUL 17 – Political turbulence in the Ukrainian intelligence and internal security agency, would have led to acts of treason that facilitated the Russian invasion and that could have cost Ukraine the strategic city of Kherson. The Guardian writes it citing an analysis by Politico.

Sources told the US newspaper that President Volodymyr Zelensky is trying to replace the current head of the SBU, Ivan Bakanov – a longtime friend of Zelensky himself and who previously ran his entertainment company and presidential campaign – following a series of decisions taken in the early days of the Russian invasion that could have cost the country the strategic city of Kherson.

In contravention of Zelensky’s orders, General Serhiy Kryvoruchko, head of the Kherson SBU directorate, ordered his officers to evacuate the city before Russian troops stormed it. Meanwhile, Colonel Ihor Sadokhin, his assistant and head of the local office’s Counter-Terrorism Center, reportedly tipped off Russian forces headed north from Crimea about the location of Ukrainian mines.

While fleeing in a westbound convoy of SBU agents, Sadokhin would also help coordinate the flight path of enemy aircraft, Politico reports.

Kherson, the first and so far only major Ukrainian city captured by Russian forces since February 24, was occupied by the Russian army on March 3. Ukrainian officials say Russian troops were able to take Kherson so easily also because SBU agents failed to blow up the Antonovskiy Bridge across the Dnipro River, allowing troops to enter the city. (HANDLE).

Source: Ansa

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