The statement reads: "The law enforcers have established that following orders of their Russian overseers, the terrorists planned to commit an armed attack on one of the detention facilities in the region and activate an explosive device during a religious holiday.
"By design of the masterminds, these attacks would have destabilized the political situation in the south-eastern regions, in particular, by stiring up an ethnic conflict.
"The law enforcers seized over a kilogram of plastic explosives, two anti-personnel mines, four grenade launchers, two grenades, and small arms in rades at saboteurs' homes.
"The criminal proceedings have been initiated under Article 258 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The urgent investigative actions are taken to establish the saboteurs' accomplices."