MFA rules out Ukraine’s involvement in Crimean sabotage

Pavlo Klimkin believes that the incident had been arranged to destabilize the situation in the occupied peninsula and to provide a base for Russia’s further actions.

17 August 2016 10:30

Russia may use the "Ukrainian saboteurs" situation in order to derail the peace process in the occupied Crimea and to win some time according to the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, as cited by the Austrian publication Der Standard.

“Right now, Moscow is trying to provoke our troops and to destabilize the situation. We do not know what the Russia's tactics is but it is very dangerous,” said the Head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

According to him, the situation in the occupied Crimea leaves much to be desired. Especially against the background of the forthcoming elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation. Klimkin is convinced that Russian statements about the involvement of Ukrainian military in the incident can not be true.

“Why on Earth should Kiev commit such acts? To return the Crimea? We will achieve this by political means. And the support of the International community, as well as sanction against Russia, will also help us,” said Pavel Klimkin.

The Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs doubts that Moscow is willing to start negotiations concerning the status of Crimea. The issues of human rights violations or access to the occupied peninsula for International observer organizations may be negotiated in the "Geneva Plus" format.

Earlier, the FSB distributed a statement on the prevention of terrorist attacks in the Crimea, allegedly plotted by the Chief of the Ukraine's Defense Intelligence. The Russian Security Services stated it has identified a saboteur group who killed the Russian FSB officer while being arrested outside the city of Armyansk.

Moreover, the FSB announced the "liquidation of the Ukrainian intelligence agent network".
The fake statement also reported on the attempts by subversive and terrorist groups "to break through" to the territory of the peninsula using "massive shelling and armored vehicles of the Ukrainian Armed Forces."

Chief of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine argues the Russia's FSB charges are fake.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that bringing charges of terrorism against Ukraine in the occupied Crimea sounds as meaningless and cynical .The Head of State stressed that Ukraine seeks restoration of its territorial integrity and sovereignty, including the termination of the Crimea occupation, solely by politico-diplomatic means.