LUGANSK, May 1. /TASS/. The State Security Ministry of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) has thwarted a sabotage attack that the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) planned to carry out in the city of Krasnodon during May 1 celebrations, the ministry’s spokesperson Yevgenia Lubenko said on Tuesday.
"Officials from the LPR State Security Ministry have thwarted a large-scale sabotage attack that Ukrainian intelligence agencies planned to carry out during May 1 celebrations," the Luganskinformcenter news agency quoted her as saying. "Sources in Ukrainian intelligence agencies gave Information about a plan concerning attempted assassinations of officials and subversive acts and terrorist attacks on military and civilian infrastructure facilities," Lubneko added.
According to the spokesperson, during an operation aimed at verifying the information provided by the sources, an improvised explosive device had been found and defused in the city of Krasnodon, while its detonation could have suspended Internet and mobile services, as well as hinder the activities of important social and economic facilities, including banks. "We know for a fact that subversive acts and terrorist attacks are planned by Ukraine’s Security Service, particularly by Alexander Kuts, the head of the SBU branch for the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. A criminal case will be launched against him in the LPR," the spokesperson for the LPR State Security Ministry added.