In Russia, they announced an attempt by Ukrainian intelligence to hijack combat aircraft

11:18 25 July Kyiv, Ukraine

The FSB of the Russian Federation said that Ukrainian military intelligence tried to recruit Russian pilots and hijack Russian combat aircraft, and NATO intelligence services oversaw subversive activities.
 
The press service of the FSB reports about the "suppression" of this attempt.

It is noted that the operation was carried out by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, "which was supervised by NATO intelligence services."

Employees of the Ukrainian military intelligence, allegedly "acting on behalf of the political leadership of their country, tried to recruit Russian military pilots for a monetary reward and guarantees of obtaining citizenship of one of the EU countries" and persuade them "to fly and land aircraft on airfields controlled by the Armed Forces of Ukraine."

According to the Russian media, the chief investigator of the Bellingcat publication Hristo Grozev took part in the Ukrainian military intelligence operation.

Allegedly, Grozev, through his coordinator, found two female couriers who met at the railway station in Lipetsk a courier hired by Ukrainian intelligence officers from Moscow, he was carrying an advance payment in the amount of four thousand dollars for the Russian pilot who allegedly agreed to hijack. At the same time, the navigator of the aircraft was allegedly supposed to be poisoned with clonidine, specially brought to Volgograd.