Russia Bears Down On Ukraine. Key Facts
11 August, 2016


Seven Ukrainians were arrested in occupied Crimea on suspicion of 'preparing a terrorist attack,' according to "RIA Novosti" which relied on its own source.


Vladimir Putin made a statement that Ukraine is Attempting to 'practice terror,' and also said, that ‘under these conditions, meeting in the Normandy format, moreover in China, would be senseless.’

Putin was commenting on an FSB statement put out earlier in the day regarding alleged terrorist attacks in annexed Crimea. According to the FSB, the intelligence service of Ukraine’s military was preparing the attacks.

Petro Poroshenko said in a statement that 'Russian accusations that Ukraine launched terror attacks in the occupied Crimea are equally cynical and insane as are claims that there are no Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.'

Ukrainian UN Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko hastily called a press conference in New York, saying that the country is considering calling an emergency meeting of the security council. 'If we hear that the leader of Russia thinks more meetings are senseless, it sounds quite dangerous,' Yelchenko said.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine called the FSB's statement 'a provocation.'

The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine said that FSB’s statement is 'an attempt to justify the redeployment of the Russian military to the territory of annexed Crimea.'

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine urged all partners to exert influence on the Kremlin to prevent aggression.

Hromadske journalist Ekaterina Sergatskova confirmed that one of those detained by the FSB is Evgeny Panov of Energodar. Panov, whose face can be seen in the video 'Special Operation by Russian FSB in Crimea,' was interviewed by Sergatskova.

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