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Hundreds of arms caches may be found in Zaporozhye Region — politician

Vladimir Rogov said Ukrainian forces had been planting weapons caches systematically

MOSCOW, November 3. /TASS/. Ukrainian forces may have planted hundreds of caches with weapons and explosives in the Zaporozhye Region with the aim of using them for future terrorist attacks, the leader of the We are together with Russia movement, Vladimir Rogov, said on Thursday.

"In the liberated part of the Zaporozhye Region there are hundreds of such caches. I personally was a witness to six or seven operations to seize such caches," he said on the Solovyov Live TV channel.

Rogov said Ukrainian forces had been planting weapons caches systematically.

"Many of them, for example, those in Melitopol and Berdyansk had been created even before the start of the special military operation. In other words, the special operation had not yet begun, but small arms, boobytraps, explosive devices and grenades were already in place," he said.

Rogov believes that Ukrainian authorities had been aware they would not be able to retain the region from the outset.

"They knew perfectly well that they would not be able to control the Zaporozhye Region, that we would drive them out of there, so they prepared caches and mines for terrorist operations in advance," he said. "We know very well that they cleared their own minefields near Crimea. That was done not for peaceful purposes, but precisely with the aim of entering [the territory of Russia] and trying to attack."

Earlier, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said a terrorist attack at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant had been prevented. Rogov said Ukrainian saboteurs had kept more than one kilogram of explosives in a cache on the power plant’s premises.