Poland says it is breaking Russian spy network – DW – 3/16/2023

Poland has dismantled an espionage network operating in the country, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Thursday.

The spies had hidden cameras on major railway lines, mainly in the southern region of Podkarpackie.

What the minister revealed

“I would like to emphasize the great success achieved by the officers of the Internal Security Service because the entire espionage network has been unraveled,” Blaszczak told state broadcaster Polskie Radio 1.

“It was a spy group, a group of people who collected information for those who attacked Ukraine,” he added without providing further details.

Blaszczak suggested the group had entered from neighboring Belarus, a Russian ally bordering NATO member Poland. “The threat was real,” Blaszczak said on state radio.

Suspects prepared sabotage actions

Later on Thursday, Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said the Homeland Security Service had arrested nine people suspected of spying for Russia in the case. Three were arrested on Wednesday.

He said at a press conference in Warsaw that the suspects were “preparing acts of sabotage to paralyze the supply of equipment, weapons and aid to Ukraine”.

According to Kaminski, security agents also seized cameras, electronic equipment and GPS transmitters that the suspects planned to place on aid shipments to Ukraine.

He added that the operation against the alleged spy gang was still ongoing and more details would be revealed at a later date.

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Cameras on logistics routes

On Wednesday, private broadcaster RMF reported that Polish security services had arrested six people suspected of spying for Russia. According to the report, the arrested people came from countries in eastern Poland and worked for Russian intelligence.

According to RMF, cameras were found near Jasionka airport near Rzeszow, which has become an important transfer point for the supply of arms and ammunition to Ukraine.

RMF reported that security around key railway routes and critical infrastructure had been stepped up as a result of the discovery of the spy network.

dh/rc (AFP, Reuters)

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