Ukraine-Russia tensions: Russia arrests another 'Ukraine sabotage group' in Crimea (updated)

10:10 Nov. 10, 2016

Russia arrests another 'Ukraine sabotage group' in Crimea (updated)

A photo of Russian security service (GettyImages Photo)

Kyiv denies the allegations

Update: Ukraine's Defense Ministry has denied the allegations that its agents were arrested in Crimea. 

'The FSB really hasn't arrested any sabotage group, because there aren't any groups in Sevastopol or Crimea', the Defense Ministry spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in interview with Interfax. 

'Russian security services are trying to demonstrate their effectiveness in this way, again misleading its highest Russian authorities, the people and the international community', Lysenko said, adding that 'a conclusion could be made that the FSB has turned into 'a factory of lies'.

Story: Russia's security service, the FSB, claims it has detained another Ukrainian ‘sabotage group' in Sevastopol, Crimea on Wednesday, months after it reported of alleged Kyiv spec ops, exposed on the peninsula last August.

According to the report on the official website of the institution, published on November 10, 2016, the detained are referred to as a ‘sabotage-terroristic group' of the Main Intelligence Office of Ukraine's Defense Ministry.

Read also: Poroshenko puts troops on high alert in response to Russia's Crimea attack allegations (video)

This group allegedly planned to organize ‘diversions', targeting military and critical infrastructure in Crimea.

The report claims, the FSB has confiscated explosives, weapons and other ‘evidence', proving the criminal nature of the group.

The FSB also says it has found maps of the areas, where the diversions were planned.

Read also: Brother of Yevhen Panov, arrested in Crimea, says he was kidnapped (photos, video)

The detained are under investigation, and the law enforcers will decide on the correct preventive measure.

Ukraine has yet to react to the allegations. 

Read also Arrest of ‘saboteurs' in Crimea could result in halt of prisoner exchange

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