The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) alleges elimination of an espionage ring of the Ukrainian Defense Intelligence Agency in Crimea, Censor.NET reports citing the website of the Russian Security Service.
"An espionage ring of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine was eliminated in the Crimean peninsula. The persons from among the citizens of Ukraine and the Russian Federation assisting in the preparation of terrorist attacks were detained. They are currently giving testimonies. One of the organizers of the prevented terrorist attacks was identified as Yevhen Panov, born in 1977, resident of the Zaporizhia region, a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. He was also detained. The person is now giving a confession," the statement reads.
FSB reported about "averted terrorist attacks in the Republic of Crimea, prepared by Ukraine's Defense Intelligence Agency." The peninsula's vital life-supporting and infrastructure facilities were allegedly assigned targets for the attacks.
"A group of saboteurs was detected as a result of operative-investigative measures in the vicinity of Armiansk city in the Republic of Crimea on the night of Aug. 7, 2016. A Russian FSB officer was killed in a clash that sparked during the detention of the terrorists.
The FSB claims that 20 improvised explosive devices with a total yield of 40 kilograms of TNT, ammunition, fuses, conventional anti-personnel mines and limpet charges, as well as grenades and special weapons "solely in service with Special Operations Detachments of the Ukrainian Armed Forces" were found at the clash scene.
"The subversive and terrorist groups of the Special Operations Units of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine committed two more attempts to break through on the night of Aug. 8, 2016. The attempts were prevented by the efforts of detachments of the Russian FSB and other agencies. These attempts were covered by massive strikes from the territory of the neighboring state and armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. A Russian serviceman was killed in action. The investigation department of the FSB of Russia in the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol initiated criminal proceedings based on the investigative and combat actions. The operative-investigative measures are underway.
"Additional security measures were taken in public places and leisure areas, as well as critical life-supporting and infrastructure facilities. The access to the border areas with Ukraine was restricted," the statement by the Security Service of the aggressor state reads.