June 2, 2023

Photo: Border Department of the Federal Security Service of Russia in the Rostov Region

The FSB of Russia opened the intelligence network of the Main Directorate of Intelligence (GUR) of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, whose members were preparing a series of sabotage and terrorist attacks on the territory of Crimea. Among them are the assassination attempts on the head of the republic, Sergei Aksyonov, the chairman of the Crimean parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov, and the mayor of Yalta, Yanina Pavlenko. Also, the criminals were preparing terrorist attacks on the transport infrastructure of the peninsula.

According to the Center for Public Relations of the FSB, Roman Mashovets, a man close to the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate Budanov, is behind the organization of the terrorist attacks. He is an officer in the active military intelligence reserve. Since 2020, Mashovets has been the deputy head of Zelensky’s office. According to available information, he personally coordinated the preparation of the assassinations of high-ranking officials.

FSB officers detained members of the undercover group recruited by Mashovets. These are citizens of Russia and Ukraine: Viktor Podvalny, Alexander Litvinenko, Sergei Krivoshein, Konstantin Evmenko, Igor Zorin and Sergei Voinarovsky. They planned the commission of terrorist attacks, carried out surveillance of officials with the help of special technical equipment and acquired firearms. A citizen of Ukraine and Bulgaria, Denis Petranov, was also detained, who was involved in the delivery of weapons of destruction to the territory of Russia.

In addition, the security agencies uncovered an international channel organized by the special services of Ukraine for smuggling explosives and components of explosive devices from Bulgaria to Russia. Explosives were camouflaged under household electric stoves. The channel passed through the territory of Turkey and Georgia.

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