|Russian secret service spying on Ukrainian military|
Broadcast by VOA, Friday (26/8), Spiegel magazine reported that German military forces saw suspicious vehicles outside two locations where Ukrainian soldiers were being trained. German security forces have "indications" that Russian secret services are spying on the Ukrainian military undergoing Western weapons exercises in Germany. Small drones were also used for aerial monitoring over the training site before quickly disappearing, Spiegel said, without citing a source.
The two sites that were spied on were Idar-Oberstein in the Rhineland Palatinate state where Ukrainian soldiers were trained to use the 2000 tank howitzer, and Grafenwoehr in Bavaria where the US military taught Ukrainian soldiers to use Western artillery systems. Sources from the German security forces also believe that Russian intelligence services used scanners in an attempt to access mobile data of Ukrainian soldiers, the magazine said.
Germany has tried several suspects for spying for Russia. Last year, a German court sentenced a Russian man to life in prison for shooting dead a former Chechen commander in a Berlin park in broad daylight. Prosecutors said the killing was ordered by Moscow. A German man is currently on trial for allegedly providing information to Russian intelligence services while working as a reservist for German troops.