(BERLIN) Russian services allegedly spied training Ukrainian soldiers in the use of new weapons at military bases, including an American one located in Germany, a German weekly newspaper said on Friday. Der Spiegel.
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The German military counterintelligence service MAD may have “clues” into these espionage operations, the weekly said.
Two sites in particular will be under surveillance: the US military-run Idar-Oberstein (Rhineland-Palatinate) and Grafenwoehr (Bavaria) sites.
German counter-intelligence specifically reported the presence of vehicles near the entrance to military barracks
At Idar-Oberstein, the German Army trained Ukrainian soldiers in the use of the “Panzerhaubitze 2000” howitzer, while at Grafenwoehr, the US Armed Forces trained Ukrainians in Western artillery systems.
According to MAD, the training ground was flown several times by small drones.
German services also suspect Russia of trying to spy on the mobile phones of Ukrainians training in Germany.
MAD also fears that the Russian services are trying to eliminate enemies who have fled Russia to seek refuge in Germany, or deserters and defectors from the security forces.
In recent years there have been several espionage cases in Germany, which have been blamed on Russian services. The latter are suspected of ordering the massacre in the heart of the Chechen dissident of the Georgian nation.