Lubkivskyi stated: "Just now Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine Valentyn Nalyvaichenko reported to President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on neutralizing a large sabotage and reconnaissance group (SRG), involved in the commission of acts of terrorism and sabotage in the territory of Kharkiv and Kharkiv region, in particular the explosion in Stena pub. The groups was detained by the SBU in collaboration with the Interior Ministry and the Kharkiv region prosecutor's office."
He stressed that: "A total of twelve (!) people were detained, including two leaders of the group. This was an especially dangerous RSG, the members of which had AK-74s and ammunition, RGD-5 and VOG -25 grenades, detonators, booby trap kits, and 7 (!) Russian-made landmines banned by the Ottawa Convention of 1997. The use of these mines is inhuman. These and similar mines often affected children during the war in former Yugoslavia. People were killed or maimed for life with these mines... I've seen a lot of such people in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina."
"The SBU Counterintelligence has determined that the group was a link in a terrorist network created, funded and managed by the secret services of the Russian Federation, created to destabilize the region. The vast majority of the terrorists undergone extensive training in the Russian territory," Lubkivskyi concluded.