"I would like to remind that in August 2017, the Security Service of Ukraine made public specific facts of involvement of these individuals, namely Sokolov, in the cynical plots of the Russian secret services to stage a number of terrorist attacks against Russia’s critical infrastructure facilities in Moscow, Kurchatov, Togliatti, Kursk with participation of Ukrainian nationals from among the former anti-terrorist operation soldiers. The testimonies of the direct participants in these events and obtained hard evidence give every reason to believe that this special operation of the Russian secret services could be used as a pretext for an undisguised armed invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Armed Forces. This actually mirrors the events of 1999, when the explosions in apartment blocks in Moscow staged by the FSB were used to launch the new military campaign in Chechnya.
“The pre-trial investigation of this case is completed and the case files are being prepared to be referred to court. The SBU has enough evidence to prove that the provocation was plotted by the secret services of the Russian Federation, and we have identified specific agents who supervised Sokolov, including a close relative of a member of the Russian Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security.
"Therefore, we believe that the FSB generalship was forced to apprehend Sokolov in attempt to minimize damage to its reputation, turn its back to the Federal Information Center Analytics and Security, Milchenko, Sokolov and other persons involved taking into account that Sokolov himself started getting out of the Russian secret services' control. According to the latest intelligence information obtained by the SBU, Sokolov has been actively seeking the possibility of traveling to one of the countries of the European Union to disclose the details of the cynical provocations plotted by the Russian secret services, which he was directly involved in for several years," Hrytsak said.