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Russian special forces plotted a series of armed attacks against Ukrainian cabinet ministers and several other targets in Ukraine’s capital city of Kiev this week, according to a spokesperson for Ukraine’s counter-intelligence services (SSU), after a weapons cache was uncovered.
The explosive allegations come ahead of parliamentary elections in Ukraine on Sunday, and a suspected assassination attempt on a parliamentary candidate on Monday.
The SSU seized weapons including portable air defence systems and rocket propelled grenade launchers believed to belong to the group behind the plot from a location in Kiev, according to a press statement in the service’s official website also featuring pictures of the equipment.
The alleged cell, who the SSU claims were recruited and equipped by Russian special forces, met under the guise of the NGO ‘Hromadska Initiativa’ (Public Initiative) and planned to destabilise the situation in the capital through organising both armed attacks on “high ranking officials and critical infrastructure”, while also sparking “public unrest” and pro-Russian sentiments among Ukrainians, a statement from the SSU read.
The alleged leader of the group, 22-year-old Ukrainian-born Russian citizen Sergei Rastrigin has been detained by Ukrainian authorities amidst suspicion he was recruited by the Russian secret service, Elena Gitlyanskaya of the SSU told Ukrainian news agency UNIAN.
originally posted by: hansonlife
Do we know which Candidates/targets they were going to be shooting for?
originally posted by: snypwsd
a reply to: Xcathdra
Well its nice to hear of a Spy agency doing some REAL work now a days.