Head of the State Border Guard Service Viktor Nazarenko said, Censor.NET reports citing Кrym.Realii.
"In particular, they ask about the purpose of the trip, full ID data, contact phone numbers, addresses of residence and other confidential information. Hybrid war has many varieties, and this is just its another manifestation. Time will show why it is happening now," Nazarenko said.
According to him, this is done at all three checkpoints on the administrative border between Crimea and mainland Ukraine.
Nazarenko said that distribution of "fake information on the supposedly imminent terrorist attacks by Ukrainian citizens" by the Russian Federation is an attempt to cover up Russia's "repressive actions against our citizens, because the administrative border is mostly crossed by Ukrainians."
When the Russian security services periodically closed checkpoints since Aug. 7, "the situation remained under control and predictable" on the Ukrainian side, he noted.
As previously reported, the situation on the administrative border with the peninsula turned critical early in the morning of Aug. 7. Since that moment, the occupation authorities have repeatedly altered the access mode at three checkpoints, either closing them or resuming their work in full or partially.
A number of Crimean media reported the introduction of Krepost (Fortress) plan aimed at tracking down five camo-clad persons. Eyewitnesses mention checkpoints set up on the main roads with the traffic police and OMON fighters stopping buses and checking passengers. At 4:30 a.m., Aug. 10, the Russian side opened the Kalanchak checkpoint near Armiansk that had been closed since Aug. 7.
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." Further on, the FSB released a video with the alleged organizer of the thwarted "terrorist acts" in the occupied Crimea, Zaporizhia region resident Yevhen Panov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, said that Ukraine "has switched to the practice of terror."
Putin also said he considered the upcoming Normandy Four meeting to be pointless in the light of the alleged detention of Ukrainian "saboteur" in occupied Crimea.
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