17:03 11.10.2017

Ukrainian Security Service prevents terror attack at Mariupol railway station

Ukrainian Security Service prevents terror attack at Mariupol railway station

Ukrainian Security Service employees have detained two Ukrainian citizens planning a series of terrorist attacks against civilians, Security Service chief Vasyl Hrytsak said.

"The Security Service's main directorate for Donetsk and Luhansk regions has detained two citizens of Ukraine who were plotting a terrorist attack in Mariupol on orders from the 'DPR'," Hrytsak said at a news briefing in Kyiv.

The Security Service thus prevented a number of attacks, Hrytsak said. The first target was to be the Mariupol railway station, and passengers of a Mariupol-Kyiv train were to be its victims, he said.

"Certainly, it's hard for me to believe that, in plotting a terrorist attack at the Mariupol railway station, the 'DPR' members did so without coordination with their masters from the east," he said.

The Ukrainian Security Service has obtained preliminary testimony from the detainees, who said they were promised $3,000-$5,000, Hrytsak said. "The terrorist attacks were aimed at destabilizing the situation in Mariupol, the ATO [antiterrorist operation] area, and the whole of Ukraine, to demonstrate Ukraine's inability to ensure security," he said.

The detainees' activities have been classified under Ukrainian Criminal Code Article dealing with acts of terrorism, he said.

Members of the press present at the news briefing were shown a video of the interrogation of one of the detainees.

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