Ukrainian arrested for bomb plot – FSB – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

A kyiv special services agent sought to blow up power lines in Crimea, the Russian security service reported

A Ukrainian plot to blow up transmission towers in Crimea has been foiled by Russia’s internal security service, the FSB, according to a press release issued by the agency.

The FSB announced on Wednesday that it had arrested a Ukrainian national in his 40s, who had in his possession three explosive devices, instructions for placing them and diagrams showing power lines in Crimea.

Had he succeeded in destroying the electricity infrastructure, which the FSB suspects he is planning, more than 5,000 consumers would have been left without power, including some key utilities, the statement said.

He described the arrested person as acting on behalf of the SBU, Ukraine’s security agency.

The FSB released footage and images of what it claimed was the time of the arrest and the items seized during the operation, including the alleged bombs and aerial photo prints of the transmission towers. The identity of the potential saboteur has not been revealed.

The man is expected to be charged with crimes related to illegal possession of explosives and attempted sabotage, the FSB said, adding that the suspect may have been involved in other crimes in Russia.

Russia names main suspect in Crimean bridge attack

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused kyiv of launching a series of sabotage attacks on Russian infrastructure, including power lines connecting a nuclear power plant to the national grid and a gas pipeline that carries Russian fuel to Turkey. . The last such plot was the deadly Crimean Bridge bombing, he added.

Putin said at the time that kyiv “terrorist” tactical warranted in-kind retaliation and announced that he had ordered the Ministry of Defense to target Ukrainian energy infrastructure. Regular airstrikes launched by Russian forces have since damaged numerous sites in Ukraine used to generate and transmit electricity, resulting in regular power cuts across the country.

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