Russian services allegedly spied on training of Ukrainian soldiers in Germany (press)

Russian services reportedly spied on training of Ukrainian soldiers in Germany (press)

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The Russian services allegedly spied on the training of Ukrainian soldiers in the use of new weapons on military bases, including an American one, located in Germany, the German weekly “Der Spiegel” claimed on Friday. 

The German military counter-espionage service MAD would have “clues” on these espionage operations, according to the weekly.

Two sites would have in particular under surveillance, the base of Idar-Oberstein (Rhineland-Palatinate) and that of Grafenwöhr (Bavaria), managed by the American army. 

German counter-espionage notably state of the presence of vehicles near the entrance to military camps 

In Idar-Oberstein, the German army was training Ukrainian soldiers in the use of the “Panzerhaubitze 2000” howitzer, while that in Grafenwöhr, the American armed forces were training Ukrainians in Western artillery systems.

According to the MAD, the The training grounds were also flown over several times by small drones.

German services also suspect that Russia tried to spy on the mobile phones of Ukrainians undergoing training in Germany .

The MAD also fears that the Russian services are trying to eliminate opponents who have fled Russia to take refuge in Germany, or possible deserters and defectors from the security forces.

Germany has been the scene of several espionage cases in recent years, attributed to Russian services. The latter are also suspected of having ordered the assassination of a Chechen opponent of Georgian nationality.