Ukraine accuses Russia of plotting unrest amid Crimea tensions

A Ukrainian soldier fires a heavy machine gun during a battle with pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's Donetsk region in June 2016Ukraine on Friday accused Russia of planning to stoke further unrest as the international community sought to ease tensions after the two sides ramped up security around the disputed Crimean peninsula. Russia’s FSB security service said on Wednesday it had thwarted “terrorist attacks” in Crimea this week by Ukrainian military intelligence and beaten back armed assaults, claims Kiev has fiercely denied. Both sides have since stepped up security in the peninsula, whose annexation by Moscow in 2014 saw relations plunge to a post-Cold War nadir and served as the prelude to armed conflict between pro-Russian rebels and government troops in Ukraine’s east.

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