has turned to the “practice of terrorism” instead of trying to
peacefully resolve Ukraine’s crisis, Russian President Vladimir
Putin said in commenting on an FSB report that it had foiled
terrorist attacks in Crimea plotted by Ukrainian intelligence.
a dangerous game,”
the Russian leader said when talking to reporters on Wednesday, while
calling Kiev’s actions “stupid
cannot turn a blind eye to the deaths of its servicemen who were
killed during special operations to prevent terrorist attacks in
Crimea, Putin said.
that the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense
of Ukraine (HUR MOU) was allegedly behind the thwarted terrorist
attacks in Crimea, it is “pointless”
to meet with Ukraine’s current authorities to seek a solution to
the country’s crisis, Putin said.
leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France, and Germany were to meet in the
so-called “Normandy format” to discuss the peace process in
Ukraine on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 in China.
Kiev has demonstrated that it’s not interested in peaceful
negotiations, the Russian president told reporters, adding that he
would like to address the matter with Moscow’s American and
European partners as well.
think it’s obvious that Kiev’s current authorities are not
seeking for ways to solve problems through negotiations, but have
turned to terrorism,”
Putin said, adding that this new development is rather alarming.
Federal Security Service (FSB) announced on Wednesday it had
discovered a group of infiltrators in Crimea close to the Ukrainian
Explosive devices and ammunition used by the Ukrainian Army’s
special forces were discovered at the scene, while more attempts by
Ukrainian raiding and terrorist groups to break through had been
prevented by Russian forces this week, the FSB said.
refuted the FSB report of a foiled terrorist plot, and instead
accused Moscow of provocation.
that Ukraine "condemns
terrorism in all its forms,"
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko refuted accusations that Kiev's
military had been plotting to organize attacks on the Russian
peninsula. Having called Moscow's FSB reports "senseless
the Ukrainian leader said Kiev is "committed"
to bring back Crimea through "political
and diplomatic means."
on Russia, Ukraine’s permanent representative to the Council of
Europe, Dmytro Kuleba, said on Twitter that Moscow “tests
"This is very disturbing. Our security
services have prevented penetration of sabotage-reconnaissance
group of the Ukraine Ministry of Defense into Crimea. Of course,
such actions mean that continuing talks in Normandy format
is pointless, especially when it comes to the next meeting in
apparently, the people who [violently] seized power in Kiev
and continue to usurp it, don’t want negotiations. [snip]
Now, instead of looking for ways to settle the conflict
peacefully, they decided to try terrorism.
this regard, I can’t avoid mentioning that we view the recent
assassination attempt targeting the head of the Lugansk People's
Republic as an [act of terror], same as the current attempt to
sneak saboteurs into the territory of Crimea.
want to point out, I think the media reported it already, that the
Russian side took losses. Two soldiers were killed. We certainly
won’t excuse such things.
I would like to also address our American, European partners. I
think that by now it is obvious for all involved that the current
Kiev authorities are not looking to solve problems through
negotiation. Now they escalate to acts of terror. That is very
first glance, what we just saw in Crimea seems to be a stupid and
criminal act. It’s stupid, because it is impossible to regain the
trust of Crimean population that way. And it’s criminal, because
people have died.
I think that the underlying situation is even more alarming.
Because there is nothing to be gained from such attacks, except to
distract their own people from the ruined Ukrainian economy, from
the plight of many ordinary Ukrainians – that is the only reason.
to provoke violence and conflict can only serve to divert public
attention from those who seized power in Kiev, and still
continue to usurp it and continue to rob their own people. [They’re
playing dangerous games] in order to stay in power as long as
possible, and loot as much as they possibly can.
[both] their attempts failed, because their [cronies] turned out to
be too incompetent. Of course, we will do everything we can
to ensure the safety of infrastructure and citizens, take extra
security measures. And I mean serious additional measures. Both
technical, and otherwise.
the most important thing is that those [Western governments] who
support the current Kiev authorities must decide - what do they
want? Do they want their proxies to continue attempting to provoke
us? Or do they still want a real peace agreement? And if they still
actually want it, I really hope that they finally take some real
steps to provide necessary pressure on the current government in
Captured saboteur equipment. Note plastic explosives, military MON
mine, assortment of detonators, MSP noiseless pistol. Such a
collection is generally unobtainable by common extremists, or even
rank-and-file soldiers. === Separate
thanks to blogger
hippy-end for transcribing the speech in Russian.