shooting took place in the area of theIsthmus
the narrow, 5–7 kilometers wide strip of land that connects the
Crimean Peninsula to the Ukraine. The shootout occurred early in the
morning on the border of Russia and Ukraine in Krasnoperekopsk
district of Crimea. As a result of the incident one border guard was
killed, three others got wounded. The victims were taken to a local
to the information received from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, a
severe crime was committed on the territory of Armyansk. In
connection with this crime, the law enforcement is looking for four
individuals wearing Russia’s khaki colored general armed forces
uniform with a diamond shaped chevron on the left sleeve with the
flag of the Russian Federation. They could be on a move using
motorized vehicles or on foot.
of them have Slavic appearance. A description of two of them:
centimeters tall, with athletic body type and blonde hair.
Approximately 30-35 years old.
these individuals are heavily armed with fire arms. Report them to
your local law enforcement, or your local civil authorities.”
was reported on August 8, via the Russian blogosphere:
FSB in Crimea received information that near Armyansk was found a
cache of explosives. The operative group went to the scene.2. When
the FSB group arrived in the designated place, they found a group of
20 heavily armed men engaged in loading explosives from an
underground dugout onto their vehicles. These men immediately opened
fire on the task force.3. A fight ensued during which one officer
was killed. Then the FSB called for reinforcement from the military.
During the clashes, the enemy acted quite competently.4. In the
ensuing battle, an unidentified group broke up. 14 or 15 people
moved by water (water is knee deep for 3 kilometers) and dragged
along with them 1 200x, and unknown number of 300x ) onto the
Ukrainian territory. At this time, armored vehicles came into water
on the Ukrainian side, and provided fire support for the terrorists
group.5. On our side, there was another one 200x and one 300x. 4
people from the group remained in the Crimea and now the manhunt is
underway, that’s why newspapers published a photo robot and the
announcements. It looks like this operation is called the
“Fortress”.6. A cache of up to 500 kilograms of explosives (not
just TNT explosives) was seized. Now there is a search for 4(5)
people. The order is to apprehend them alive. That’s explains why
we had so many killed and wounded. There is a possibility that they
might be able to withdraw from Crimea, or lay low somewhere.
August 8th, as soon as the rumors about the shooting reached the
Ukrainian side, the state border service of Ukraine announced the
temporary suspension of admission of people and vehicles through all
three checkpoints on the border with Crimea on Sunday. According
to the statement, such measures taken in response to actions of the
Russian side allegedly suspended similar operations. “That’s why
moving from mainland Ukraine at the checkpoint “Kalanchak”,
“Chaplynka” and “Chongar” on the territory of the Crimea is
also not possible,” stated a press release.
people, who were waiting at the checkpoints to get to Crimea, heard
that checkpoints were closing, they started to run across the border.
8th, the day when border control closed and people were running
across the border from Ukraine to Crimea
the border of Ukraine with Crimea there are three car checkpoint:
“Kalanchak” (on the Russian side, “Armenian”), “Chaplynka”
(“Perekop and Chongar” (Dzhankoy).
July, the Crimean border Department of the FSB of Russia accused
their Ukrainian colleagues in slowness. Since the Ukrainian side was
too slow, the Russian checkpoint “Dzhankoi” experienced long
after the shootout, the Ukrainian side started spreading rumors
alleging concentration of Russian military equipment on the border
and military control of the border crossings. There was no
actual evidence to support these rumors, at the time.
of military equipment took place in Ukraine: the accumulation of
military equipment of Ukraine and NATO troops in the Kherson region
(perhaps with the aim of transfer them to the Mariupol direction
through Berdyansk. It is possible to strengthen the group in the
South of Kherson region).
to the observation of Colonel Cassad,
on our side,contrary
to the West spread rumors, people observed the moving columns of
armored vehicles across the Kerch Strait to Russian mainland, which
disproves the Ukrainian rumors that Russia is amassing troops in
Considering that the concentration of the troops of the Russian
Federation in the Northern Crimea surpasses everything that Ukraine
has concentrated in the Kherson region.
August 8, the News Front reported that it was the staged
provocation of the Ukraine
staged a provocation on the border with Crimea. This was announced by
the head of news Agency News Front Konstantin Knyrik on his page in
with the rumors. Yes indeed, last night in Armyansk was a provocation
by the Ukrainian saboteurs, trying to break on the Crimean territory.
After that the Ukrainian side unilaterally closed the pass on the
border for more than 1,500 people. The Ukrainian border guards didn’t
let people to pass , but they say that the Russian side had closed
the pass,” wrote Konstantin Knarik.
added that there is no proof of “the break
through on the territory of a Sabotage and Reconnaissance
groups (DRG) nowhere there is no proof, about the victims on the part
of our guards, too, but the fact of provocation from the Ukrainian
side took place. That’s all for now…”
prevented terrorist acts in Republic of Crimea prepared by the Main
Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine
Federal security service of Russian Federation prevented terrorist
acts in Republic of Crimea prepared by the Main intelligence
department of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine, targeting critical
elements of infrastructure and life support of the peninsula.
purpose of sabotage and terrorist acts was to destabilize the
socio-political situation in the region during the period of
preparation and the process of elections of federal and regional
a result of the investigation activities on the night of 6th to 7th
August 2016 near the city of Armyansk, Republic of Crimea, a group of
saboteurs was discovered. During the arrest of terrorists an employee
of FSB of Russia was killed in a firefight. On the site of the
clashes the following evidence was found: 20 improvised explosive
devices with total capacity of more than 40 kilograms of TNT,
ammunition and special means of initiation, regular antipersonnel and
magnetic mines as well as grenades and special weapons used by
special units of the armed forces of Ukraine.
were taken on the territory of Crimean peninsula to liquidate a
network of agents of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the
Ministry of Defense of Armed forces of Ukraine. Detained persons were
citizens of Ukraine and Russian Federation, assisting in the
preparation of terrorist acts, who had confessed. One of the
organizers of the prevented acts of terrorism is Panov Evgeniy
Aleksandrovich, 1977 year of birth, the inhabitant of the Zaporozhye
region, the employee of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of
Ukraine, who was detained and has confessed.
the night of the 8th of August 2016 special forces of the Ministry of
Defense of Ukraine carried out two attempts of a breakthrough by
sabotage and terrorist groups, which were prevented by law
enforcement units of the Russian FSB and other involved agencies.
Breakthrough was attempted under the cover of a massive attack from
the neighboring state [Ukraine – FR] involving armored vehicles of
Ukrainian armed forces. During the firefight, a soldier of the
Defense Ministry of Russian Federation was killed.
on the results of the investigative and combat operations, the
investigative department of the FSB of Russia in the Republic of
Crimea and city of Sevastopol opened a criminal case. Additional
operational activities and investigation are conducted.
security measures were taken in places of public gatherings and
recreation, and also for the protection of critical infrastructure.
Security at the border with Ukraine has been strengthened.”
same day, during the press conference with the President of Armenia,
President Putin said:
think it’s obvious that Kiev’s current authorities are not
seeking ways to solve problems through negotiations, but have turned
also named the Lugansk people’s republic by its full name and
without obligatory “self-proclaimed.”
also called an attempt on the life of the head of LPR, Plotnitsky, an
act of terror.
more “Petr Alexeevich” or “Ukrainian president.” Now on, when
writing about Ukraine everyone should use “current Kiev’s
on Ukrainian saboteur groups captured in Crimea August 10th 2016
11, “Panov was detained on suspicion of preparing and attempting
terrorist attacks in Crimea
August 11. /TASS/. Yevgeny Panov detained on suspicion of organizing
terrorist attacks in Crimea is a Ukrainian national, a spokesman for
Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service, Oleg Slobodyan, told a news
conference on Thursday.
to the FSB, one of the organizers of the planned terrorist attacks
was Yevgeny Panov, a resident of Ukraine’s Zaporozhye region born
in 1977, an employee of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s main
intelligence directorate who was detained as well and is giving a
Russian Federal Security Service reported on Wednesday that it had
spotted and detained a group of Ukrainian saboteurs overnight to
August 7 near the city of Armyansk (Crimea) and that it had prevented
terrorist attacks in Crimea prepared by the Ukrainian Defense
Ministry’s main intelligence directorate. Their planned targets
were critically important infrastructure and life support facilities.
Twenty improvised explosive devices containing more than 40 kilograms
of TNT equivalent, ammunition, fuses, antipersonnel and magnetic
bombs, grenades and the Ukrainian armed forces’ standard special
weapons were found at the scene, the FSB said.”
Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested a Ukrainian man in
Simferopol, Thursday, on suspicion of organising terrorist attacks on
the territory of Crimea. The suspect was identified as Evgeni Panov,
a resident of Zaporozhye region in southern Ukraine. According to the
FSB, Panov has pleaded guilty to plotting the attacks in Crimea.
Official (Russian): “What is your relation to the Chief Directorate
of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine?”
Panov, Suspect (Russian): “I was invited to Kiev [*JUMP CUT AT
SOURCE*] … I was told that a group was being organised for carrying
out sabotage actions on the territory of Crimea.”
CUT AT SOURCE*
Official (Russian): “Who were the members of the group?”
Panov, Suspect (Russian): “The group included staff officers of the
Ukrainian military intelligence. Members of the group were Alexander
Kirillov with the call name ‘Kiril’; staff officer Dmitri
Semyanin; Oleg Petrenko with the call name ‘Fox’; Aleksei Sandil
with the call name ‘Sai’; as well as a man with the call name
‘Deshek’; and myself. The staff officers were Aleksei Sandil who
holds the rank of lieutenant; Vladimir Serdyuk – captain, Dmitri
and [Alexander] Kirillov were also officers, but I am not aware of
their titles.” *JUMP CUT AT SOURCE*
Official (Russian): “What is the role of the Chief Directorate of
Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence in this operation?”
Panov, Suspect (Russian): “As far as I know, this operation was
planned by the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian
Ministry of Defence with the help of its staff officers.”
CUT AT SOURCE*
Evgeni Panov, Suspect (Russian): “I understood the risk of this
operation. According to my sources, an explosion of military hardware
of the Russian Ministry of Defence was expected. Of course, there was
a risk of a high death toll.”
Ukrainian detainee Ridvan Suleymanov tells of alleged plan to bomb
s of alleged plan to bomb Simferopol airport
on Aug 12, 2016
Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested a Ukrainian man in
Simferopol, Friday, on suspicion of organising planned terrorist
attacks on the territory of Crimea. The suspect was identified as
Ridvan Suleymanov, a resident of the Zaporozhye region in southern
Ukraine, who was allegedly recruited by the Chief Directorate of
Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence in October 2015.
Ridvan Suleymanov, alleged agent of the Chief Directorate of
Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (Russian): “I
went to Simferopol airport on July 30 where I contacted Pavel
Nikolaevich and informed him that I was in position and had
successfully planted the bomb. He texted me an ‘+’ which meant
that I should wait until they contacted me with a conference call
with the police.
walked around, waited and then they phoned me. During the conference
call I heard something that shocked me: ‘I’m Amir Karimov. Today
other brothers and I are turning from a small to a big jihad.
Promptly at 12 o’clock we will blow up the central airport of the
city of Simferopol and also the central bus stations of Simferopol,
Yalta and Sevastopol and the Kerch Strait ferry line.’
that I went directly to the airport to monitor the reaction of law
enforcement agencies. I took five photos and sent them to him through
the ‘Line’ app. After that I was arrested by the law enforcement
FSB seize explosives allegedly earmarked for Crimea attack [Thanks,
Baaz, for links]
August 11th, the Russia’s MID (Foreign Ministry) issued a statement
Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of
Ukraine (HUR MOU) was preparing to target the Russian peninsula’s
critical infrastructure, the FSB announced on Wednesday.
group of infiltrators was discovered near the town of Armyansk in
northern Crimea near the Ukrainian border in a special FSB operation
over the weekend, the agency said, adding that fire was exchanged as
the terrorists were being apprehended.
infiltrators also planned to blow up a highway in the region at the
time motorcades with local officials and federal authorities would
have been driving through it.
officer of the Ukraine’s military intelligence Panov: “Oil
depots, ferry lines and chemical plants were the targets of our
said he has ordered Ukraine’s foreign minister to initiate phone
conversations with Russia’s President Putin, as well as the German,
French, and US leaders, and the president of the European Council,
authorities called for the emergency meeting of the UN Security
for the rest, I think that it was useful for us. We provided the
information on the incident,”
earlier said he was puzzled by Kiev’s decision to focus the
attention of the UN Security Council on the situation in Crimea as
Moscow sees actions of Ukrainian infiltrators in Crimea as a clear
instance of sabotage and terrorism.
August 12, First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov received EU
Ambassador to Russia Vygaudas Ušackas.
their conversation, the officials discussed urgent issues of European
security and Russia-EU cooperation as well as a number of
international problems, including developments in Syria and
Titov gave detailed explanations to Mr Ušackas regarding the
attempts by employees of Ukraine’s Defence Ministry to stage acts
of terror in Ukraine, which were foiled by Russia’s competent