The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has said it prevented terrorist attacks in Crimea prepared by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s main intelligence directorate.
“A group of saboteurs was spotted overnight to August 7 near the city of Armyansk (the Republic of Crimea) thanks to investigative work,” the FSB said on its website. “A FSB officer was killed in a skirmish when terrorists were being detained. Twenty improvised explosive devices containing more than 40 kilograms of TNT equivalent, ammunition, fuses, antipersonnel and magnetic bombs, grenades and the Ukrainian armed forces’ standard special weapons were found at the scene.”
The FSB noted that “an intelligence network of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s main intelligence directorate has been eliminated thanks to measures taken on the Crimean Peninsula.”
“Ukrainian and Russian citizens who provided assistance in preparing terrorists attacks have been detained. They are giving a confession,” it added. According to the FSB, one of the organizers of the prevented terrorist attacks was Yevgeny Panov, a resident of Ukraine’s Zaporozhye region born in 1977, an employee of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s main intelligence directorate who was detained as well and is giving a confession.
“The frontier regime on the border with Ukraine has been reinforced,” the FSB said. Russia has introduced additional measures to protect the important infrastructure and life support facilities.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Ukrainian Defense Ministry denied the FSB’s report that Ukraine’s special forces attempted an armed incursion into Crimea’s territory, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
“This is fake information,” Reuters quotes him as saying. When asked by TASS for a comment, the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry preferred to keep quiet.