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 Russia desperately looking for reasons to persuade the West to mitigate sanctions, - Chubarov on FSB’s report about "Ukrainian saboteurs"

Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov links arrest of another group of "saboteurs" in Sevastopol with Russia's desire to ease the sanctions.

As reported by Censor.NET, Refat Chubarov told Krym.Realii.

"I assume the Russian government is preparing another information attack against Ukraine. Russia is desperately searching for different reasons, in order to try to persuade the Western countries to mitigate the sanctions.

"Moscow is trying to make them get round the table. The Kremlin is probably ready to make concessions on some issues, but it is definitely not ready to return Crimea and relinquish the idea to control Ukraine in the future," Chubarov said.

Read more: "Cynicism of new provocations by Russian secret services starts bordering on absurd," - NSDC secretary

As reported, the Russian FSB announced detention of another "Ukrainian saboteurs" in annexed Sevastopol Nov. 9. The subversives were allegedly plotting sabotage against sensitive facilities in Crimea.

The Russian law enforcers said the detainees were alleged members of the "subversive-terrorist group of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine."

Ukraine's Defense Ministry Speaker Andrii Lysenko denied this information, saying that there were no Ukrainian saboteurs in Crimea while the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation was trying to mislead everyone again.

Read more: Ukrainians Panov and Zakhtei earlier detained in Crimea secretly brought to Moscow's Lefortovo prison week ago, - human rights activist

Earlier, 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.

Read more: "They put plastic bag on Panov's head and choked him. His swollen face, lips, and heavy breathing leave no doubts," - journalist on interrogation of 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.

Putin's puppet of the so-called "parliament" of Crimea Remzi Ilyasov said the occupying authorities perceive the incident "as an act of aggression, in fact, a declaration of war."

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine denied all Russia's allegations, calling them provocative.

National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov described the hysterical and false allegations by Russia's FSB as groundless and called them another element of Russia's hybrid war against Ukraine and an attempt to exacerbate the situation in the occupied territory.

The Ukrainian MoD has 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.

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

Spokesperson to the U.S. Department of State Elizabeth Trudeau said that the Russian Federation's recent allegations on Ukraine's involvement in "subversive activities" in Russian-occupied Crimea should not distract the United States from the real issue Russia has created in Ukraine.

Read more: US Department of State on Russia's allegations on Crimea: "Real issue is Russia's occupation of Crimea and continued aggression in eastern Ukraine"

On Aug. 11, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed that all the units deployed at the administrative border with Crimea and the demarcation line in the Donbas be on high alert.

Ihor Kotelianets, Panov's brother, claims Yevhen was kidnapped in Ukraine's Zaporizhia region and taken to the occupied peninsula.

According to Ukraine's Defense Intelligence, none of its employees has been detained by the FSB to date in the territory of occupied Crimea.

The police have qualified the fact of Yevhen Panov's disappearance reported by his relatives as a criminal offence under the article 146 (illegal deprivation of freedom or abduction) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group Iryna Herashchenko says Yevhen Panov has become another kidnapped Russian hostage who Ukraine will have to liberate.


 
 
 
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