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 Two Panov’s fellows-in-arms he saw prior to his abduction aren’t picking their phones

Two fellows-in-arms of Yevhen Panov, who was presumably abducted in the Zaporizhia region by the Russian FSB and subsequently accused of membership in a Ukrainian subversive group operating in occupied Crimea, are not getting in touch.

Yevhen Panov's friend, fellow-in-arm whom he volunteered for war in August 2014 and returned in August 2015 with, as well as UKROP fellow party member Yevhen Matiukhyn told correspondent of Censor.NET in Enerhodar.

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"Panov left for Vasylivka village (district center in the Zaporizhia region - Ed.) on Saturday morning, between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. He intended to spend time with his fellows-in-arms. At least that was what he told his wife. He called her on the same day at 6:30 p.m. and said: "I will be back tomorrow, on Sunday." Her has not picked the phone ever since," Matiukhyn said.

He also noted that two Panov's fellows-in-arms whom he planned to meet with were not responding to calls as well.

"I do not know how many people he was going to meet there with. But two people are not getting in touch."

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

Matiukhyn refused to disclose the names of these fellows-in-arms so far.

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.

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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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