The SBU Security Service of Ukraine reports on intensified efforts by Russian special services toward destabilization within Ukraine and discrediting the country in the eyes of global community.
As reported by the SBU's press center, in February alone, there were 12 such provocations, including arson attempt at the premises of the Hungarian culture community center in Zakarpattia region. In addition, the SBU says Russian special services planned to organize a fake campaign in Uzhgorod to foment ethnic hatred.
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In addition, the SBU documented that Russian citizen David Ponomarev, known for plotting terrorist attacks in Mykolaiv in 2015, had once again tried to organize a sabotage act in Mykolaiv and Uzhgorod.
"SBU operatives have prevented even bolded provocations in Chernivtsi region. The executors, who were identified by the SBU, had received from Russia an advance payment for the arson at two Romanian schools in Bukovyna," the press center said.