Russian spies more effective than army, say experts

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"It is evident," says the report, "that the Russian special services managed to recruit a large agent network in Ukraine prior to the invasion and that much of the support apparatus has remained viable after the invasion, providing a steady stream of human intelligence to Russian forces."

Jack Watling, Oleksandr V Danylyuk and Nick Reynolds , 'Preliminary Lessons from Russia’s Unconventional Operations During the Russo-Ukrainian War, February 2022–February 2023', Special Resources, 29 March 2023