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 It is old Russian strategy to attack when world is looking elsewhere, - Dutch analyst Van Herpen

The terrorist attack in London and the continuing quagmire in the White House offered the Kremlin an excellent occasion for its destabilizing actions.

Marcel Van Herpen, director of the Cicero Foundation, a Dutch think tank, told The Daily Signal, Censor.NET reports.

"It is an old Russian strategy to plan and conduct its attacks when the world is looking elsewhere," Van Herpen said commenting on Ukraine events that include the explosions at ammunition depot in the Kharkiv region and the assassination of former Russian State Duma member Denys Voronenkov in Kyiv on Thursday.

"The terrorist attack in London and the continuing quagmire in the White House offer the Kremlin an excellent occasion for its destabilizing actions."

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Van Herpen also mentioned SBU's detention of members of a Russian spy ring in Odesa on Tuesday. Van Herpen said the SBU's Odesa bust was probably a "lucky hit," the timing of which was only coincidental with the other incidents on Thursday.

However, "it makes clear that the Kremlin has not given up its aggressive plans to reconquer Novorossiya," Van Herpen added, referring to Russia's historic empire north of the Black Sea, which is in present-day Ukraine.

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Van Herpen described the Balaklia explosion as "highly destabilizing."

"It is one of the largest depots in Ukraine and it is a sign to the Ukrainian government that Russia can hit Ukraine where it chooses to do so," Van Herpen said.

On Thursday, President Petro Poroshenko said he believes that the murder committed on the same day with explosions in Balakliia was no coincidence.

 
 
 
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