15:36 Nov. 11, 2016
Security service warns that Russia's ultimate aim is to trigger snap elections
Russia has been preparing a large-scale action to destabilize the situation in Ukraine starting from November15, head of the national statehood protection department of Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) Anatoliy Dublik told journalists in Kyiv on Friday.
The SBU official noted that both the Security Service and the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine obtained operational data, which "expose plans of the Russian Federation"
"This intelligence is broadly in line with the content of the so-called plan of priority actions to destabilize the social and political situation in Ukraine," said Dublik.
He added that the expert study of the authenticity of this plan is underway, in the framework of a relevant criminal probe.
According to Dublik, information obtained from the emails of Russian Presidential Advisor Vladislav Surkov indicates the beginning of the implementation of such a plan.
Intelligence says Surkov's deputy Inal Ardzinba directly supervises and implements the plan. Armenian citizen Armen Martirosyan is the one responsible for contacts with Ukraine's political movements and certain NGOs involved in organizing protests.
"Our agency recorded numerous trips outside of Ukraine, namely to the Russian Federation, of the organizers of rallies both to receive funding and specific instructions and details..."
SBU official added that Russia's ultimate objective is to trigger early parliamentary elections in Ukraine "in order to bring pro-Russian forces to power, exclusively with an aim to revise the European course and change the foreign policy vector of our state."
According to the Security Service, Russian supervisors of the destabilization strategy want to bring people to streets, protests are set to develop into mass riots.