Russia claims foiled Crimea 'terrorist attacks' by Kiev

Russian forces seized control of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014Russia’s security service on Wednesday said it had thwarted “terrorist attacks” in Crimea by Ukrainian military intelligence and beaten back an armed assault, but Kiev denied the claims. The FSB said in a statement that one of its officers was killed in armed clashes while arresting “terrorists” on the night of August 6-7 while a Russian soldier died in a firefight with “sabotage-terrorist” groups sent by the Ukrainian defence ministry on August 8. An advisor to the head of Ukraine’s security agency Yuriy Tandit denied the allegations, telling Interfax-Ukraine news agency that Kiev had no intention of taking back the territory “by force”.

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