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 "He's not crazy to travel to Crimea. I think he was abducted," - Enerhodar lawmaker Dubkov denies sending Panov to Crimea

According to Artem Dubkov, Russia abducted Yevhen Panov from the territory of Ukraine to justify subsequent full-scale military operation against it.

Enerhodar City Council Member Artem Dubkov told in an interview with Censor.NET correspondent.

"It was about 10 p.m. yesterday when I learned that Yevhen was in trouble. Your colleague introduced herself as Valentyna from the Center for Investigative Reporting. She was way out of line claiming that she found (in databases - Ed.) the real estate owned by me in Crimea," Dubkov noted.

He admitted that the journalist was good at searching through databases and that she had found connection between him and Yevhen Panov.

Watch more: FSB shows alleged Ukrainian "saboteur" Yevhen Panov. VIDEO

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"This article ( published by the Center for Investigative Reporting - Ed.) was a misinterpretation of my words. I got too emotional yesterday. She realized the condition I was in. Apparently, she misinterpreted my words or wrenched them out of the context seeking sensationalism," the Enerhodar City Council Member said.

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

According to him, the reporter was asking leading questions. For example, she asked whether Yevhen Panov could travel to Crimea on Dubkov's behalf.

"I do not know what it was. But I definitely know that I gave no orders to Yevhen and that he was not insane to travel to Crimea after he was running for the city council seat as UKROP representative. The pictures of him dressed in military uniform with decorations could be found all over the city then. He's not crazy after all. My version is that it was an abduction aimed to wage a full-scale military operation by Russia. Yevhen was perfect for the role of a Bandera supporter feeding on children," Artem Dubkov concluded.

See more: Image of "Ukrainian saboteurs' tent" in Crimea taken from Fotolia image bank. PHOTOS

The Center for Investigative Reporting previously published the article claiming that Yevhen Panov travelled to Crimea at the request of Enerhodar City Council Member Artem Dubkov.

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.

Read more: Turchynov: Putin is planning escalation of situation and disruption of Minsk accords

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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