Russia detains alleged Ukrainian saboteur in Crimea

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-15 18:46:37|Editor: Zhou Xin
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MOSCOW, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said Tuesday that it had caught a suspected Ukrainian saboteur when he was trying to blow up a power line in Crimea.

Gennady Limeshko was detained Saturday when he attempted to damage a power line between the settlements of Sudak and Novy Svet on the southern shore of the peninsula, said an FSB statement.

Limeshko, an ex-senior scout in the Ukrainian military, was sent to Crimea to commit acts of sabotage, including damaging power lines, setting forests and communal facilities on fire and engineering a landslide which would block a vital road, the statement said.

The FSB seized from the detainee two blocks of TNT explosive with fuses, a hand grenade, containers with flammable liquid and a digital camera to keep a record of the sabotage activities, it said.

The FSB has launched criminal proceedings against Limeshko and is searching for possible accomplices.

The autonomous republic of Crimea has become part of Russia since March 2014 following a local referendum, which, however, was rejected by Kiev and Western countries.

Since then, the FSB has reported various cases of suspected Ukrainian acts of sabotage in the peninsula, but Kiev denied the charges.