Is this an attempt to make Russian President Putin look like an aggressor before the U.S. elections?
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) announced Wednesday that it had prevented terrorist attacks in Crimea plotted by Ukraine's intelligence services.
According to the FSB, a group of saboteurs with plans to target important infrastructure and facilities was discovered near the Crimean town of Armyanskon the night of Aug. 6. The would-be attackers had improvised explosive devices, ammunition and other weaponry. Officials from the FSB, the successor to the KGB, alleged that the suspects then killed an FSB employee and a Russian soldier during subsequent counterterrorism operations. Ukrainian officials deny the allegations.
The FSB's claims are not unrealistic — after all, covert operations are an expected part of a conflict such as the one in Ukraine — but there is no way to accurately and independently verify them. In staging such an operation, however, Ukraine would risk igniting a military conflict with Moscow, something it wants to avoid. At the same time, though, Kiev did little to stop non-state actors from destroying infrastructure carrying electricity into Crimea in late 2015.There is no way the U.S. puppet government in Ukraine is going to launch such activity without high level U.S. government approval.