The Security Service of Ukraine holds some provocative suspicions that have reportedly destabilized the situation in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region. Photo: SBU
21/04/2021 – 19:30 •
Kharkiv oblast borders to the north with Belgorod oblast in Russia and is a few hundred miles from the huge newly established Russian military camp, one of the possible assault groups not far from the Ukrainian borders, where the Kremlin has amassed troops and vehicles for a month now.
SBU says its officers stopped buses with alleged provocateurs from other Ukrainian regions at the entrances to the city of Kharkiv from the directions of the cities of Donetsk, Dnipro and Poltava. The agency says those groups headed to Kharkiv “At the request of one of Ukraine’s pro-Russian political forces” holding demonstrations in the city and provoking public discontent and mass illegal actions during the regular session of the Kharkiv City Council.
SBU states that the titushki provoke with their pre-planned actions
“… Aimed at destabilizing the socio-political situation in the region and creating an advantageous framework for the Russian leadership to justify Russia’s possible aggressive actions against Ukraine”.
According to SBU, its Coordination Group of the Counter-Terrorism Center has been monitoring possible attempts by radical groups to abuse citizens’ right to hold demonstrations, particularly when they aim to provoke riots and other antisocial activities.
The Security Service of Ukraine conducted the aforementioned counter-terrorism exercises jointly with the National Police, National Guard, State Border Guard Service, Military Police Service and other law enforcement organizations.
Andriy Pavlovskii, former journalists = of the sanctioned TV channel NewsOne who now runs several social media news groups, said in his Facebook post that MP Illia Kiva from the pro-Russian Opposition Bloc – For Life (OPFL) said in his commentary for Pavlovskii’s Telegram channel that the inmates from the SBU were members of his organization called Patriots For Life.
This is the first case of the detention of alleged pro-Russian provocative groups in Ukraine amid ongoing Russian military build-up near Ukraine’s northern and eastern borders and in the south of the occupied Crimean peninsula.
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