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 Yevhen Panov was kidnapped in Zaporizhia region, brother says. PHOTO

Yevhen Panov, who Russia's FSB detained for alleged terrorist attacks in Crimea, was kidnapped in the Zaporizhia region and taken to the occupied peninsula.

This was announced by his brother Ihor Kotelianets to Censor.NET.

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"My brother Yevhen, resident of Enerhodar city of the Zaporizhia region, left to see his friends Saturday morning, Aug. 6, and went missing," Kotelianets says. "He did not plan this trip in advance, for he intended to go to Zaporizhia military hospital for a scheduled rehabilitation session after his participation in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO). He canceled his visit to the hospital at a moment's notice and drove his car to his friends' place. He called his wife Saturday night and said he was OK and would return home Sunday or Monday morning. His wife started to worry when he did not call her back on Sunday. When Yevhen did not return home on Monday, his wife called the relatives. We started searching for him, and learned where he was only on Wednesday, from media," Kotelianets said.

"He was always trying to let his wife know where he is so that she did not worry. He could not organize anything military-related after he was demobilized in September 2015. He hurled himself into work as a driver and electrician at Zaporizhia nuclear power plant; he was also involved in public activities - organized a non-governmental organization to help ATO veterans. But the most important thing is that he and his wife were planning to have a baby. You must understand that a person who loves his wife and wants to have kids will not put himself in harm's way."

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According to Kotelianets, his brother would never go to Crimea on his own for he was focused on helping the anti-terrorist operation: "Yevhen believed that Crimea was long gone, and his task was to focus on volunteering and public activities that would help maintaining peace in his hometown Enerhodar. He was worried over the situation at the front line, we discussed it, but he did not care about Crimea."

"I am afraid that Yevhen was kidnapped and taken to Crimea not with the sole purpose of making him an organizer of an unbelievable plot. With this, the Kremlin is able to justify its full-scale invasion in Ukraine. The fact that all of this has been staged is evidenced by many inconsistencies in stories by Russian TV channels. They say they captured 15 persons, but they only show one. The weapons are shown at one place, while he's in another. His alleged belongings they show are not his - his ATO backpack is different, and it is in his apartment back home. This means Yevhen was not planning a long trip - he left with a small weekend bag. His camo uniform and boots are at home as well. He left wearing his track pants and a T-shirt - what kind of a sabotage group that is in sweats," Kotelianets said.

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On Aug. 10, the FSB released an official statement about averted terrorist attacks in annexed Crimea "prepared by the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine's MoD in order to target critical life-supporting and infrastructure facilities inside the peninsula."

The Ukrainian MoD refuted the FSB's allegations on the involvement of Ukraine's intelligence in subversive activities in Crimea and called them an attempt of the Russian Federation to justify its aggression in the territory of the annexed peninsula.

The Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine's MoD denies the information about an alleged breakthrough of Ukrainian "subversive and terrorist groups" in the territory of Crimea. According to Defense Intelligence representative Vadym Skibitskyi, such allegations by the FSB is one of the elements of incitement and destabilization of the situation in Ukraine: "provocation is an element of the hybrid war which the Russian Federation is waging against us."

President Petro Poroshenko said the Russian allegations were groundless and served as "a pretext for more military threats against Ukraine."
 
 
 
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