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Ukrainian terrorist attack on Russian nuclear power plants foiled – FSB – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Saboteurs tried to destroy power lines at two nuclear power plants in the country, according to the security service

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said it intercepted a group of Ukrainian saboteurs planning a terror attack on two nuclear power plants in the country ahead of May 9, when Russians celebrate the Soviet Union’s victory over Germany. Nazi.

The suspects aimed to blow up more than 30 high-voltage line pylons connecting nuclear power plants, but were unable to complete their mission, the FSB said in a statement on Thursday.

Before being arrested, the Ukrainian agents were able to blow up a transmission tower and undermine four other transmission towers on the power lines leading to the Leningrad nuclear power plant near Saint Petersburg, and placed improvised explosive devices on pylons connected to the Kalinin nuclear power plant in the Tver region, 350 km northwest of Moscow, the statement said.

Ukraine’s foreign intelligence service, which the FSB says was behind the plot, hoped that the sabotage “would cause the shutdown of nuclear reactors, the disruption of routine operations of nuclear power plants and cause serious economic and reputational damage to Russia”, the claimed statement.

The FSB said two Ukrainian citizens have been arrested, while another, believed to be in Belgium, has been placed on the wanted list.

The three men were recruited by the Ukrainian intelligence services in September last year and underwent training in camps in the Kyiv and Nikolaev regions of Ukraine. They entered Russia illegally in the Pskov region from Belarus, where they had entered from Poland, the agency said.

Russian agents discovered caches prepared by the suspects, containing 36.5 kg of C-4 plastic explosives, 61 foreign-made electric detonators, 38 electronic timers and two Makarov pistols with ammunition, the statement said.

Two Russian citizens, accused of providing means of communication and vehicles with fake license plates to Ukrainian saboteurs, were also arrested, the FBS added.

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