: Putin raises stakes over alleged Ukrainian terror plot in Crimea - Guardian

19:58 Aug. 10, 2016

Putin raises stakes over alleged Ukrainian terror plot in Crimea - Guardian

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a press conference with Armenian President Serge Sargsyan (not pictured) at the Kremlin on August 10, 2016 in Moscow, Russia (Getty Images)

Russian president says Moscow will not ignore incidents in which two soldiers were killed, but which Kiev denies took place

Vladimir Putin has said Russia will not ignore an alleged Ukrainian terror plot targeting the Crimean peninsula, raising the stakes over an incident that Kiev denies took place.

Russia's security service said on Wednesday it had foiled a plot by its Ukrainian counterpart to launch terrorist attacks in Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine two years ago.

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The FSB agency said one of its officers had been killed during a shootout with a "group of diversionaries" on Saturday night, when they were supposedly discovered just inside Crimea's border with mainland Ukraine. The FSB said the group had in their possession 20 homemade devices with a total of 40kg of explosives.

Ukraine dismissed the story as fake.

"This kind of FSB statement is nothing more than an attempt to justify the relocation and aggressive actions of Russian military units on the temporarily occupied peninsula," Ukraine's defence ministry said in a statement.

"Russian security services are trying to distract the population of Crimea and the international community from its criminal actions, turning the peninsula into an isolated military base." 

According to the RIA Novosti news agency, Putin responded: "Instead of trying to find peaceful solutions, Ukraine has resorted to the practice of terror."

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