As reported by Censor.NET, Interfax news agency posted a news story titled "Ukrainian saboteurs in Crimea targeted vital points" on Aug. 10 and added an image of a tent allegedly belonging to "Ukrainian saboteurs."
Later, Internet users found this same image on Fotolia image bank, thus proving it had no relation to "Ukrainian saboteurs" made up by Russian propaganda and to Crimea in general.
Ukrainian Facebook user Dmytro Simanskyi commented on his page that "the Ukrainian saboteurs' tent in Crimea had been previously posted in an image bank. What a lie!"
"Here is an image posted by Interfax with its story about "Ukrainian terrorists": obviously, this is where the saboteurs lived, those who were going to blast Crimea, as media put it," Censor.NET's Chief Editor Yurii Butusov wrote.
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.
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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