Situation is escalating. Terrorists switch to active offensive operations – NSDC Secretary Turchynov

Secretary of the National Security Council Oleksandr Turchynov notes that "a real terrorist threat exists in the country today."

He stated this during with heads of regional state administrations and local law enforcement agencies dedicated to anti-terrorism measures, which was held in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the NSDC.

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According to him, the analysis of the recent events testifies not only to the intensified aggressive attempts to break through the defense lines in the east of the country, but also "Russia's consistent implementation of measures to destabilize the situation in the country, including organization of terrorist attacks in different regions of Ukraine."

"In this regard, the authorities carried out a complex of anti-terrorist measures, the format and elements of which have already been mastered in the city of Kharkiv," he said, explaining that an Anti-Terrorism Headquarters will be created in each region, which will include "representatives of all law enforcement agencies and local authorities."

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The Secretary of the National Security Council stressed that additionally, vital infrastructure will be taken under heavy guard, and enhanced patrols of the police and the National Guard will be introduced in numerous cities.

According to Oleksandr Turchynov, the Security Service and the Interior Ministry have been given tasks on containing activities, detaining and arresting persons suspected of involvement in acts of terrorism, separatism and in promoting and financing separatist activities.

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"These people are a "fifth column", which helps the aggressor in every way. It is the most favorable basis for the collection and transmission of information and facilitating terrorist acts," he said.

In addition, Oleksandr Turchynov noted that hot lines will be set up in in each region for citizens to be able to provide information about suspicious objects and persons.

"The enemy is hoping for destabilization of the situation in the country, for panic and sowing fear. We must oppose this with organization, discipline, patriotism and confidence in victory," the NSDC secretary said, adding that the key to successful anti-terrorist activities is the interaction between the security forces and the public.

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Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n321262