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Ukraine's former intelligence chief killed while diving in Egypt

Media around the world reported today that the former head of Ukraine’s intelligence services, Viktor Hvozd, died while diving in Dahab, Egypt. According to available information, 62-year-old Viktor Hvozd was an avid diver. The man travelled a lot and often indulged in his hobby. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine provided information that the
Published: May 29, 2021 - 17:03
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 22:40
Ukraine’s former intelligence chief killed while diving in Egypt

Media around the world reported today that the former head of Ukraine’s intelligence services, Viktor Hvozd, died while diving in Dahab, Egypt.

According to available information, 62-year-old Viktor Hvozd was an avid diver. The man travelled a lot and often indulged in his hobby. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine provided information that the former head of the intelligence service was on holiday at a resort on the Red Sea when there has been an accident.

The tragic incident which resulted in the death of Viktor Hvozd occurred on Friday 28 May. The exact circumstances of the accident are not known and remain unclear. In many news reports describing the accident there are reports of an uncontrolled ascent from a depth of 40 metres. However, there is no official confirmation of these reports.

The injured man was pulled to shore where CPR was performed. The former intelligence chief was then transported to hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. An autopsy will certainly provide more information.

General Viktor Hvozd was a military intelligence officer of Ukraine from 1981-95. He also worked at the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, directing the intelligence activities from 2008 to 2010.

He served in the SBU’s security service, which gave rise to the SZR, the foreign intelligence service, which he led from 2014 to 2016. He also founded and later became president of the Borysfen Intel centre for geopolitical studies, and received his PhD in military science in 2019.

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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