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 SBU prevented several terrorist attacks in France, - Hrytsak. PHOTOS+VIDEO

The Security Service of Ukraine has exposed a terrorist group that was planning a series of terrorist attacks in France on the eve of and during the 2016 European Football Championship.

Head of Ukraine's Security Service Vasyl Hrytsak announced it today during a briefing in Kyiv, Censor.NET reports citing SBU press service.

According to him, last December a French citizen who arrived in eastern Ukraine and tried to establish contacts with the Ukrainian military, representing himself as a volunteer, got on the radar of the Ukrainian counterintelligence.

The Frenchman spoke negatively about his government in terms of the mass emigration of foreigners in France, the spread of Islam, and globalization. He also voiced a desire to commit a series of terrorist attacks in protest.

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In April 2016, the terrorist again arrived in Ukraine and tested weapons and explosives under the control of the SBU.
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According to SBU's plan, the French citizen was given five Kalashnikov rifles with 1,080 rounds per rifle, two RPGs with 18 grenades, 125 kilograms of TNT, 100 electric detonators, and 20 balaclavas.

The criminal intended to use the said weaponry in different regions of France for attacks on various infrastructure facilities, offices of public companies, religious objects, and social services involved in Euro 2016.

He was trying to find people who would smuggle the weapons and explosives across the Ukrainian border for a fee of 3,000 EUR. Upon failing, he decided to do it himself.

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In late May, the SBU and border guards detained the malefactor at the Yahodyn-Auto check point when he was trying to smuggle the ordnance across the border.

He was notified of suspicion under articles 201 (smuggling), 258 (terrorist act), 263 (illegal handling of weapons) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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