According to Russia’s Interfax news agency, the FSB (Federal Security Service) arrested diplomat Olek Sander Sosunyuk after receiving intelligence from a Russian citizen in a database of Russian law enforcement agencies. Were trying to
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has confirmed the arrest of Susonovic, saying that Olek Sander had been detained for several hours and sent back to the Ukrainian embassy in St. Petersburg. Ukraine called Olek Sander a violation of diplomatic etiquette, saying such treatment of a diplomat in the Russian Federation was inappropriate, as foreign diplomats are treated in accordance with international law.
Russia has in the past detained Ukrainian citizens on espionage charges, but the arrest of a diplomat has been rare. Tensions between the two neighbors have risen sharply since the detention of a Ukrainian diplomat.
Tensions between Moscow and Kiev have risen since the increase in the number of Russian troops on the border and clashes between the army and pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine.