FSB Blames Ukraine's Military Intelligence Service for Terrorist Attack on Crimean Bridge

FSB Blames Ukraine's Military Intelligence Service for Terrorist Attack on Crimean Bridge

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FSB detains terrorists from Ukraine en masse. According to the FSB's official version of the bombing of the Crimean bridge, the prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia, as well as the grain deal, is in jeopardy. Where is the British MI6?

Slippery Slopes

So, the Federal Security Service officially stated that the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's military intelligence service was behind the explosion of the Crimean bridge. Indeed, the Crimean bridge is considered a personal project of Russian President Vladimir Putin and a symbol of Crimea's reunification with Russia. Given such attention of top officials to the terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge, there is no surprise that the FSB, together with the Investigative Committee, reported just three days later that the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and its chief, Kirill Budanov, were detained, accusing them of organizing the explosion.

The official version says that more than 10 people from Ukraine, Russia, Armenia and Georgia were involved in the preparation of the terrorist attack. During the preparatory stage the accomplices forged documents at least three times, each time changing the sender and the recipient, as well as indicating a new route.

Law enforcers found that the organizers hid the explosives in rolls of construction polyethylene film. The terrorists prepared a total of 22 pallets weighing 22 tons and 770 kilograms. At the beginning of August, the explosives concealed in rolls of polyethylene construction film were shipped by sea from the Ukrainian port of Odessa to the sea port of Ruse (Bulgaria). The contract lists the Translogistic firm based in Kiev and the Baltex Capital S.A. forwarding company, registered in Riga (Latvia). The check revealed that there is a company from Panama with exactly the same name. Ukrainian Translogistic reports on its website that it has been operating since 2008, and in 2019 it got the title ‘Best International Carrier in Eurasia 2019.’

The terrorists then transported explosives camouflaged in the film from Bulgaria to the Georgian port of Poti, and from there to Yerevan. According to the FSB, three Ukrainian citizens (Mikhail Tsyurkalo, Denis Kovach and Roman Solomko), two Georgian citizens (Sandro Inosaridze and broker Levan) and an Armenian citizen Artur Terchanyan provided this part of the operation. The organizers of the attack chose the Bulgaria-Georgia-Armenia route in order to clear the cargo under Eurasian Economic Union procedures.

From September 29 to October 3, the cargo was cleared according to EEC rules at the Transalliance terminal in Yerevan and the documents were replaced. According to the new documents, the consignor was GU AR JI GROUP from Armenia, and the consignee was the Leader firm from Moscow.

FSB Accuses Ukrainian Military Intelligence

On October 4, a DAF truck loaded with explosives in the film according to new documents entered Russia from Georgia through Upper Lars border crossing. On October 6, the deadly cargo was unloaded at a wholesale base in Armavir (the Krasnodar Territory). Then the accomplices again falsified documents, indicating the consignor as TEK-34 from Ulyanovsk, and the recipient as a non-existent company from the Crimea. According to the FSB, two citizens of Ukraine (Ruslan Solomko and Vladimir Zloba) and five citizens of the Russian Federation were involved in document forgery (according to the FSB, they have been identified, but their names are not named yet).

We already know what happened next. On October 7, trucker Mahir Yusubov (Russian citizen, born 1971) loaded pallets of explosives into his truck. He took the order on an online exchange for truckers. Early on Saturday morning, October 8, Yusubov drove his truck onto the Crimean bridge, and the car exploded at 6:03 a.m. As a result of the terrorist attack, Yusubov himself and three Russian citizens, who were traveling nearby in a car, were killed. The explosion destroyed two spans of the Crimean bridge, seven tank cars of the freight train that was traveling nearby along the railway track were also burned.

According to the FSB, the transportation of the cargo along the entire route was controlled by an employee of the Ukrainian State Intelligence Service under the name of Ivan Ivanovich. The Ukrainian spy also used a passport of a Ukrainian citizen in the name of Sergei Andreychenko, born in 1988. According to the special service, eight people responsible for the preparation of the attack were detained to date, of whom five were Russian citizens and three had Ukrainian and Armenian passports.

In Morning Papers

So, according to the official version, such an agency as the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine was involved in the terrorist attack. Interestingly, the FSB's official version coincides with the bogus story by The New York Times, which has recently made no secret of the fact that it is the mouthpiece of Biden and the Democratic Party of the United States. On October 5, The New York Times wrote that Ukraine was involved in the murder of Daria Dugina in late August. On October 9, the NYT accused the Ukrainian security services of the terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge without any evidence, citing an unnamed Ukrainian high-ranking official. In general, everything is as it should be when it comes to a bogus story.

In this connection, wek.ru wrote about the possible involvement of the British special services in the attack, which seeks to break through the negotiation process with Russia by all means.

As for Ukraine's military intelligence service, it should be clarified that since the summer, it is the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine (HUR MO), headed by Kyrylo Budanov, that has been responsible for the exchange of prisoners on the Ukrainian side. Before that, the exchange was handled by Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. Well, “handled” is a bit of an overstatement. There was a lot of shouting and a lot of PR, the Ukrainian official blamed the Russian side for all the troubles three times a day, and the exchanges were constantly disrupted. After Kiev pushed back Vereshchuk (according to experts, the deputy prime minister was caught in extorting money from the relatives of prisoners), the exchange of prisoners was much more effective.

The last prisoner exchange under the HUR MO took place on October 11. The media managed to get crumbs of information. It is known that the Ukrainian side returned 32 officers, sergeants, and soldiers of the AFU, as well as the body of a dead Israeli who had fought as a volunteer. In early October, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported that a total of 808 Ukrainian servicemen had been returned home as a result of the exchanges.

Since the FSB officially declared the HUR MO the organizer of such a high-profile terrorist attack as the blowing up of the Crimean bridge, the exchange of prisoners is now under great question. Can the official structures of the Russian Federation negotiate with terrorists who blew up the Crimean bridge? And if the functions of a negotiator are transferred from the HUR MO to some other agency, then it is likely that the process will no go smoothly. At the very least, the example of Deputy Prime Minister Vereshchuk shows that the prisoner exchange may once again be at a standstill.

It also turns out that the Ukrainian Defense Ministry used the grain deal for the attack, because only one route by sea is currently in operation, which is the transportation of grain from Odessa and other Ukrainian ports. On July 22, Ukraine and Russia each separately signed memorandums with the UN and Turkey pledging to allow grain exports from ports on the Black Sea, not to use vessels carrying grain for military purposes, and not to attack them. Suddenly, according to the FSB, it turns out that the Ukrainian side transported explosives from Odessa via the “grain corridor,” because there are simply no other options at this point.

It should be recalled that both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have recently publicly expressed their dissatisfaction with the fact that Western countries are not fulfilling their obligations under the grain deal by blocking Russian exports of wheat and other grains.

To Catch Terrorists

Immediately after the disclosure of information about the organizers and perpetrators of the terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge, information about the suppression of similar crimes in various regions of Russia began to flow. However, according to the FSB, the Ukrainian Security Service, and not the military intelligence service of the Ministry of Defense, was behind all the cases. Thus, the FSB officers detained a citizen of Ukraine born in 1972 in Moscow Region, the special service accused him of the fact that "on the instructions of the SBU" the man transported two Igla portable anti-aircraft missile systems from Kiev via Estonia to Russia to carry out terrorist attacks.

On the same day in Bryansk, FSB officers detained a Ukrainian citizen suspected of preparing a terrorist attack. According to the official version, the 55-year-old citizen of Ukraine was going to blow up a warehouse on the territory of Bryansk with an improvised explosive device. The man, born in 1967, arrived from Kiev via Estonia. In one of the border regions of the Russian Federation the suspect took an arsenal "with components of explosive devices" in a cache prepared by one of the special services of Ukraine. Having arrived in Bryansk, the man constructed an improvised explosive device in a rented apartment under the control of an employee of the Ukrainian secret service.

The unsuccessful terrorist was caught right at a public transport stop. A video shows a capture team on the spot opening his backpack and retrieving an explosive device equivalent to 3 kilograms of TNT. Both detainees are reported to have already repented and are cooperating with the investigation.

In the Sverdlovsk Region, the Federal Security Service prevented an attempted terrorist attack by arresting a suspected terrorist, who had been tasked to blow up the military recruitment center in Nizhny Tagil. The man arrived from Ukraine back in 2014 and got a job as a janitor in the city hospital. The investigation will establish whether the future terrorist was bought or forced, but they took him at the stage of preparing the explosion with an improvised explosive device.

Military expert Boris Rozhin wrote in his Telegram channel that the activity of terrorists originating from Ukraine is now higher than that of representatives of ISIS*.

“The FSB is on fire today. A citizen of Ukraine, who came to Russia in 2014, who wanted to organize a terrorist attack in an administrative building in Nizhny Tagil, was detained. He was taken at the stage of preparing a terrorist attack. Yet, the question still hangs in the air as to when the SBU and HUR MO will be recognized as terrorist organizations. In fact, the activity of Ukrainian terrorism on the territory of the Russian Federation is now higher than the terrorist activity of ISIS or other smaller terrorist organizations,” wrote Rozhin.

Bogdan Bezpalko, a member of the Presidential Council on Interethnic Relations, said in a commentary to the Internet site Ukraine.ru that Russia in response to the terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge should try to eliminate the head of the Defense Ministry's GUR, Kirill Budanov, and break the grain deal.

“We can come out, but they did everything they wanted to do as part of this grain deal, including the terrorist attack. But it is possible to get out in order to at least exclude the movement of this kind of cargo,” he said.

According to Bezpalko, the Russian Federation also “needs” to take revenge and liquidate Budanov, and the head of the Presidential Office Andrei Yermak and the public relations staff Mikhail Podolyak and Alexei Arestovich along with him.

“We need to do it. It all depends on what resources it requires. If it requires the sacrifice of twenty members of our intelligence service, then it is irrational. But if it can be done with impunity (for example, some of the staff will no longer be able to work illegally), then it must be done. It is necessary to destroy not only Budanov, but also Arestovich, Ermak and Podolyak,” said Bezpalko.

So, the official version is that terrorists used a ship from Odessa, exporting grains via the “grain corridor,” to deliver explosives for the terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge. In this regard, it can be predicted that the Russian Federation may use this excuse to break the grain deal. In general, all this information means that in addition to the special military operation, a real “terrorist war” is starting, which threatens many civilians with death and injury.

- The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) officially known as the Islamic State (IS)] is recognized as a terrorist organization. Its activities are officially banned in Russia by the ruling of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on December 29, 2014.

- Caucasus Emirate is an international organization officially banned in Russia.

- The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) or Turkestan Islamic Movement (TIM), formerly known as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM)) is an international network officially banned in Russia.

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