In Moscow and Crimea, Ukrainian saboteurs are a thorn in the FSB's side
Blamed by Washington in the assassination of Darya Dugina, and by Moscow in the Kerch Bridge attack, Ukraine's covert units have never attracted so much public attention.
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Major General Kyrylo Budanov has two new stars freshly sewn on his uniform and is fighting on all fronts for Kyiv. From information campaigns to collecting intelligence about Minsk and localising Russian agents, in the name of war, the GUR is taking on many new missions.
Russian paramilitary force Rosgvardia, backed by special forces and intelligence units, has suffered serious setbacks in Ukraine. For the time being, however, its head, Viktor Zolotov, has not been called to account by the Kremlin leadership.
While FSB officers' assignments are often the subject of fierce rivalries between ambitious young men, the positions of regional heads are kept for the most promising among them. The new postings give a glimpse of some of Moscow's future leaders but also reveal those who are being dispensed with for having not met Russia's domestic spy agency's expectations.
Moscow has given new powers to its internal security paramilitary force, a rival to the FSB, amid military tensions in the Black Sea. Protection of the Crimean coast will be a priority for the force, headed by Vladimir Putin's trusted lieutenant Viktor Zolotov.