Court arrests 2nd suspected plotter of 'terrorist attack' in Crimea

The hearings were behind closed doors.

The Kiev District Court in Crimea's Simferopol has arrested the second suspected plotter of an alleged terrorist attack in Crimea, a source at the court told TASS August 13th.

"The court agreed with reasons presented by the investigation and "chose the preventive measure in the form of detention for a period of 1 month and 26 days for Andrei Zakhtei, born in 1971, residing in Crimea," the source said.

On Thursday, this court arrested Ukrainian national Yevgeny Panov, a resident of Ukraine’s Zaporozhye region, for two months on suspicion of organizing terror attacks in Crimea following a FSB request

Earlier on Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry named two suspects detained in connection with the foiled terror attacks in Crimea: Yevgeny Panov and Andrei Zakhtei.

"The Russian side has carried out a series of operations in Crimean territory to liquidate an agent network of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry intelligence service," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement adding that the suspects linked to the terror attacks included both the citizens of Russia and Ukraine.

"All of them are giving confessionary evidence," the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

According to the FSB, Panov (born 1977) is one of those who stood behind the thwarted terror attacks in Crimea. Panov who works for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry intelligence service told interrogators that he was guilty of organizing the terror attacks. "He pleaded guilty," the FSB source said.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said it had prevented a series of terror attacks, which Ukraine’s intelligence service had planned to stage in Crimea. Early on August 7, FSB officers detained a group of saboteurs in the outskirts of Armyansk near Crimea’s border with Ukraine who had infiltrated into Crimea to destroy vital infrastructure and life-support facilities. Two Russian servicemen were killed when detaining the infiltrators.

Russian President Vladimir Putin described the sabotage attempt by Ukraine’s security services as stupid and criminal. Its aim was to divert the population’s attention from internal problems and the authorities who are robbing their people, Putin said.

Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko and the country’s Foreign Ministry denied Moscow’s accusations. They said the detention of saboteurs in Crimea had been a provocation.


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