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Ukraine Defense Ministry says Crimean saboteurs not members of Ukrainian intelligence

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has stated that those individuals who, according to the Russian security services, were part of so-called Crimean "subversive groups," had never been members of the Main Directorate of Intelligence.
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“Regarding some allegations by the Russian special services, the Ministry of Defense reports that the 37th battalion of the 56th brigade had never been part of the Main Directorate of Intelligence. Those persons who appeared in the reports are not employees of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine,” according to the report issued by the Ministry of Defense, UNIAN reports.

Earlier, the Russian media, citing a source in the security services of the Russian Federation, reported the names of the alleged employees of Ukrainian intelligence who were part of a so-called “subversive group” discovered near the town of Armyansk.

It should be recalled that on August 10, the Russian Federal Security Service declared it had prevented terrorist attacks in Crimea, which were reportedly organized by “officers of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.”

Further, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would not ignore incidents in which two soldiers had been killed while preventing an alleged Ukrainian terror plot targeting the Crimean peninsula.

In turn, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Russia’s accusations of terrorism against Ukraine were fantasies and served merely as a pretext for more military threats against the country. Additionally, he instructed all units near the administrative border with Crimea and Donbas to be placed on high alert.