"One of the organizers of possible terrorist attacks is Yevhen Panov, born in 1977, resident of Zaporizhia region [Ukraine], officer of the Main Intelligence Department of Ukraine's Defense Ministry, who confessed following his detention," a statement read.

Earlier, the Russian Federal Security Service said it had prevented terrorist attacks in Crimea, which were reportedly organized by "officers of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry."

In the past, one of the reasons given by Nazi Germany for its invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, which triggered World War II, was the Gleiwitz incident, a false flag operation by Nazi forces in the town of Gleiwitz (now Gliwice). The goal was to use the staged attack as a pretext for invading Poland.

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In preparation for the attack, the media of the Third Reich began a propaganda campaign. The alleged persecution of ethnic Germans in Poland and Polish nationalist provocations in border areas with Germany were reported. The campaign was intended to create the appearance of Polish aggression against Germany to justify the subsequent invasion of Poland.

On the night of August 31, 1939, a small group of German operatives, dressed in Polish uniforms, seized Gleiwitz station and broadcast a short anti-German message in Polish. The Germans' goal was to make the attack and the broadcast look like the work of anti-German Polish saboteurs. To make the attack appear more convincing, the Germans used human props as Polish attackers.