The Russian Federal Security Service (FST) said it had arrested several members of the Ukrainian subversive network in the Crimean peninsula. A “network of Ukrainian military intelligence agents” planned “a series of major acts of sabotage and terrorist attacks in Crimea”, the FST announced on Wednesday. According to the data, seven people were arrested, explosive devices and detonators were confiscated. The components were reportedly brought to Russia from Bulgaria via Turkey and Sakartvela.
Among other things, the group allegedly planned an attack on high-ranking politicians, including the 2014 Moscow-appointed governor of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula. “There is no doubt that buyers are sitting in kyiv,” Crimean Governor Sergei Aksionov said on his Telegram channel. According to him, the group’s targets were “the political leadership and infrastructure of Crimea”.
According to the FST, the group is also linked to the act of sabotage on the railway in February. The FST statement follows a series of attacks and acts of sabotage in Russia or Russian-occupied territories in recent days. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Crimea has repeatedly become the target of drone or ship attacks. In mid-April, authorities canceled May 9 celebrations commemorating Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany for security reasons.
Source: The Delfi