An SBU assertion issued on Thursday didn’t identify the couple however accused them of gathering intelligence for Russia on places for attainable army deployments and the motion of air defence models.
It mentioned the couple had been believed to be Russian army intelligence officers who had deliberate to create a community of brokers in southern Ukraine.
SBU officers discovered cellphones and pc gear with proof of “hidden correspondence with the aggressor”, it mentioned.
“The SBU detained each spies once they tried to switch categorised data to Russia,” the SBU mentioned.
The couple couldn’t be reached for remark.
Odesa has ceaselessly come below fireplace since Russia invaded Ukraine in February nevertheless it stays below Ukrainian management.
The SBU mentioned each the person and girl detained had arrived in Ukraine in 2018 and obtained residence permits, and that the person had served within the Russian military.
It mentioned the detainees had despatched the data they collected to a former Russian particular forces officer in Crimea who cooperated with army intelligence. The Crimea peninsula was seized by Russia in 2014.
The SBU additionally printed a sequence of photographs of the couple’s arrest, the army paperwork of the detained man displaying his army rank as colonel, in addition to Russian passports of the detainees.