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Russian spies arrested in Germany: Planned to disrupt aid to Ukraine

Russian spies arrested in Germany: Planned to disrupt aid to Ukraine Photo: Russian spies arrested in Germany

Two German and Russian nationals have been arrested in Germany on suspicion of preparing sabotage attacks, including on US military facilities, to disrupt military aid to Ukraine, according to the Office of the German Federal Public Prosecutor.

Authorities searched the homes and workplaces of two suspects accused of working for a foreign spy service.

In a statement, the Prosecutor's Office said that one of the suspects, Dieter S., had been discussing possible conspiracies with a person connected to the Russian secret service since October 2023.

Dieter S. was prepared to carry out explosions and arson attacks on military facilities, including those operated by US forces. He photographed and videotaped military vehicles and equipment.

Germany has become one of the largest suppliers of military aid to Kyiv since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, and is the main target of Russian espionage operations, the prosecutor's office said.

According to Spiegel, the facilities included the Grafenwoehr army base in the southern state of Bavaria, where Ukrainian soldiers are trained to use American Abrams tanks.

The United States decided to provide Ukraine with Abrams tanks in 2023. Ukrainian Armed Forces soldiers are being trained to operate American Abrams tanks at the Grafenwoehr base in Germany.