The FSB said the suspect was trained by special forces from NATO member Latvia to bomb a railway and military base.

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested a man with dual Russian-Italian citizenship for sabotage operations for Ukrainian military intelligence.

Moscow said on Friday that the suspect carried out bombings on railway lines after being recruited by Kiev earlier this year. Infrastructure and manufacturing facilities across Russia have been damaged by unprovoked attacks since Russian forces invaded Ukraine in February 2022, with investigators opening dozens of cases.

The suspect is accused of planting explosives to derail a 15-car train in the Ryazan region, southeast of the capital, in early November. According to the state news agency TASS, the FSB also says it bombed the Dyagilevo military airfield in July.

“It turned out that the perpetrator was a resident of the Ryazan region, born in 1988, with Russian and Italian citizenship. “The detainee made a confession during his interrogation,” the FSB Investigative Committee said in a statement.

The intelligence service said the suspect was recruited by Ukrainian military intelligence in Istanbul in February. He then received sabotage training from Latvian special services in EU and NATO member states, it said.

The statement also said that explosives and other bomb-making equipment were found during a search of the suspect’s home and that investigations are underway to determine his role in other acts of sabotage.

The worst Ukrainian attack on Russian infrastructure since the start of the war came in October 2022, when the bridge over the Kerch Strait connecting the Crimean Peninsula with Russia was bombed.

Shortly after the explosion, the FSB arrested five Russians and three other citizens of Ukraine and Armenia.

Infrastructure targeted

Russia is also busy targeting Ukrainian infrastructure and has increased the number of drone and missile attacks as winter approaches.

As the war stalls on the front lines, Moscow’s forces want to repeat the tactics of last year, when attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure plunged the country into prolonged cold and darkness.

The Ukrainian military reported Friday it shot down 18 of 25 attack drones and one of two cruise missiles Russia fired against the country overnight, mostly targeting southern and eastern regions.

Ukraine’s air defense systems have been bolstered with Western weapons since last winter, but Kiev continues to stress that it needs more supplies to withstand the barrage.

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