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FSB accuses the Ukrainian secret services of trying to sabotage two nuclear power plants

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Thursday it had thwarted a terrorist attack on two nuclear power plants, prepared by Ukrainian intelligence, and accused Kyiv of "nuclear terrorism". The incident was reported by the Turkish agency Andalou .

In a statement on its website, the FSB said that a group of saboteurs undermined more than 30 power lines that supply power to the Leningrad and Kalinin nuclear power plants, in order to disrupt the normal mode of operation and ultimately damage the nuclear reactors.

The Russian Security Service characterized the attack as "nuclear terrorism", adding that the attack was scheduled for May 9, when Russia celebrates its victory in World War II, which in Russia is called the Great Patriotic War.

The FSB said the saboteurs managed to blow up a pillar and that, as a result of the incident, two citizens of Ukraine were arrested: Aleksandr Maystruk, born in 1978 and nicknamed Mechanic, and Eduard Usatenko, born in 1974 and nicknamed Maks.

A Russian and Ukrainian national, Yury Kischak, born in 1953 and nicknamed YuBK, who is currently in Belgium, has also been placed on the wanted list.

Maystruk and Usatenko told the FSB that they were recruited by Ukrainian foreign intelligence officer Vitaly Gorbatyuk in 2022, trained in special camps in the Kiev and Mykolaiv regions, and then arrived at the Russia-Russia border. Belarus through Poland, crossing it illegally.

“In addition, two accomplices of the saboteurs among Russian citizens who helped them supply means of communication and vehicles with fake state license plates were identified and arrested,” the FSB said.

The explosives were smuggled through an international cargo channel along the route through the Polish city of Chelm and the city of Shalchininkai in Lithuania, and then through the territory of Belarus to the Rzhevsky district of the Tver region of Russia in a trailer cargo, which was equipped with secret compartments.

As a result of the incident, a criminal case was opened under the articles “Sabotage” and “Illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transport, transfer or transportation of explosives or explosive devices”. The maximum penalty provided for in the first article is 20 years in prison, while that provided for in the second is eight years.

Obviously this is a communication from the Russian security services, to be taken with a grain of salt, but there have been many sabotage activities by the Kiev services in Russia, which is why the accusation appears rather realistic.

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The FSB article accuses the Ukrainian secret services of trying to sabotage two nuclear power plants comes from Economic Scenarios .

This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL on Thu, 25 May 2023 10:13:02 +0000.