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Kremlin says Russia’s special services decisively counter Kiev’s continuing provocations

November 24, 2016, 13:22 UTC+3

The Kremlin spokesman declined to comment on the latest incident with the detention of former Black Sea officer Leonid Parkhomenko who is suspected of espionage for Ukraine

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MOSCOW, November 24. /TASS/. Ukraine continues provocations against Moscow, but Russia’s special forces decisively counter these attempts, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

"Ukraine’s provocative destructive activity continues, including in Crimea," Peskov said. "Naturally, it faces decisive countermeasures of our special services that do what they ought to do."

The Kremlin spokesman declined to comment on the latest incident with the detention of former Black Sea officer Leonid Parkhomenko who is suspected of espionage for Ukraine.

According to the Federal Security Service, reserve Captain 2nd rank Parkhomenko "fulfilled tasks given to him by the Ukrainian military intelligence, and provided classified information on the Black Sea Fleet’s activities to the foreign secret service."

The Leninsky District Court in Crimea’s city of Sevastopol has arrested Parkhomenko for two months, a source in the Crimean law enforcement agencies told TASS on Thursday.

On Monday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said the Ukrainian Security Service officers had abducted Russian contract servicemen in Crimea Maxim Odintsov and Alexander Baranov and took them to Ukraine’s Nikolayev Region. A representative of the Russian Black Sea Fleet said officers of the Ukrainian Security Service used substitute persons to entice warrant officer Odintsov and contract service junior sergeant Baranov into the Dzhankoi checkpoint allegedly for giving them attested documents of receiving higher education at Ukrainian higher educational institutions.

Shortly after Odintsov and Baranov left Russia’s territory, the servicemen were detained by representatives of the Ukrainian Security Service and brought to Ukraine’s Nikolayev Region. Ukraine’s SBU accused the servicemen of treason and desertion. On Tuesday, a court in Nikolayev arrested Baranov and Odintsov for two months with the possibility of bail.

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