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Duma deputy compares subversion attempt in Crimea to Banderite units' actions

August 10, 2016, 23:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"The main question however is who needed it," Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov said

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Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov

Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov

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MOSCOW, August 10. /TASS/. Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov, the chairman of State Duma committee for defense has compared the failed attempt of Ukrainian subverters to organize a terrorist act in Crimea with the actions of pro-Nazi forces led by the leader of wartime era Ukrainian nationalism, Stepan Bandera.

He asked a question on who might need the actions of uncontrollable Ukrainian radicals against the background of the already unstable situation in Europe.

"Ukraine has fall under someone's baleful influence because the practice of terror isn't typical even of diehard nationalists," Adm. Komoyedov told reporters on Wednesday.

"It's true that we know about mass executions of peaceful civilians by the Banderites during World War II and we know about their operations in the forests after the war but those paramilitary gangs were the weapons in the hands of Western secret services in the struggle against our country," he said.

"It looks like the same situation is replayed today," Adm. Komoyedov said.

He pointed out the plainly obvious fact of presence of numerous U.S. advisors in the Urkainian security service SBU.

"We're also aware of the instigative moods of some NATO leaders who're striving to find the 'Russian stamp' just everywhere," Adm. Komoyedov said. He believes the incident at the Crimean section of the Russian-Ukrainian border that entailed the deaths of two Russian servicemen was "a huge provocation that could push the situation in the region and the entire Europe off the balance."

"Ukraine is one of the largest nations in Europe," he said. "Inordinate amounts of lethal weaponry were abandoned on its territory after the disintegration of the USSR. While terrorist acts committed by Islamic radicals are rocking Europe, someone has needed to add the uncontrollable Ukrainian radicals to this bloody bouquet."

"The main question however is who needed it," Adm. Komoyedov said.

Russia's Federal Security Service FSB said on Wednesday it had thwarted the terrorist acts, which the Main Intelligence Department of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry had designed for effectuation in Crimea. A report at the FSB homepage said the Ukrainian military intelligence had been targeting the critical elements of Crimea's infrastructure and lie support systems.

The FSB said the masterminds of the abortive acts of subversion "aimed to destabilize the social and political situation in the region during preparations for the forthcoming federal and regional elections.".

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