Head of national spy agency says it cannot claim responsibility for the deaths, but is able to share details

In an hour-long televised interview Lieutenant General Vasyl Malyuk, chief of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), spoke about a number of high-profile killings in Russian-occupied territory and Russia itself, including that of a pro-Kremlin military blogger in Vladimir Putin’s hometown of St Petersburg.

Lt Gen Malyuk claimed “very many” people responsible for war crimes and attacks against Ukrainian citizens had been targeted. But he said: “Officially, we will not admit to this… But at the same time, I can offer some details.”