Formerly a resident of Donetsk now living in Kharkiv region had been recruited by operatives of the so-called "ministry of state security of DPR" and tasked with committing a sabotage act of blowing up a cargo train set to deliver fuel and other necessities for Ukraine's Joint Forces in Donbas, the SBU press service reports.

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All of the saboteur's actions were coordinated by his curators and agreed via a mobile messenger app.

It was established that in 2002, the man was sentenced to a 14-year prison term for a premeditated murder in conspiracy.

According to the SBU, the perpetrator was arrested near Osnova railway station in Kharkiv as he was preparing a grenade launcher to fire at the targeted cargo train. The weapon and ammo have been seized.