Russia plans to respond to "terrorist attacks in Crimea"

Relevant ministries and agencies are instructed to work out and propose the responses.

15 August 2016 12:33

Thursday, August 11, the Russian Security Council held another meeting on the incident in the annexed Crimea on the night of August 7. Moscow calls the incident a "Ukrainian sabotage" or Kiev - Russian provocation.

A source of the Russian Vedomosti newspaper who is close to the Defense Ministry informed that no specific counter-moves against Ukraine were drawn out at the Security Council meeting. The relevant ministries and agencies were instructed to work out and propose the responses.

The representative of another Russian law enforcement agency told the newspaper that the Security Council had decided to enhance security measures on the Peninsula, but had not yet agreed on the "consequences", with which the President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Foreign Ministry threatened Kiev.

A peson close to the Russian Ministry of Defense told the newspaper that a powerful military attack on Ukraine is not an option considered. However, according to another publication’s source who is close to the leadership of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic",  Moscow may stop restraining retaliatory military actions of "DPR" in response to "ongoing shelling by Ukrainian security forces."

The Russian FSB called a Ukrainian Evgeny Panov one of the sabotage group organizers. Evgeny Panov is a driver of the transport department of Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, a political activist, volunteer and organizer of the local self-defense.

Russian Secret Services claim that they identified a Ukrainian saboteur group who killed the Russian FSB officer while being arrested outside the Crimean city of Armyansk on August 7.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence officially refuted the information about the involvement of the General Intelligence Department in the plotting of terrorist attacks in Crimea.

“The persons referred to in the reports, are not the officials of Chief Directorate of Intelligence,” said the representative of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry at a briefing in Kiev.

In his telephone conversation with US Vice President Joe Biden, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called the Russia’s statement a part of a hybrid war and "another attempt to justify further aggressive actions" of Moscow.

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