: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Detention of ”saboteurs” in Crimea may freeze talks on prisoner swap – Feygin

The FSB report on ”Ukrainian saboteurs” in Crimea could lead to the freezing of negotiations on the exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia, lawyer Mark Feygin said on 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“Isn`t it strange that this coincided with some global events like the U.S. election and the statement of one of the [presidential] candidates on possibility of talks on Crimea and the recognition of its annexation. It seems that the situation is being ramped up politically. I am convinced that this is yet another fake story,” Feygin said.

In his opinion, such events always have political consequences.

”For example, the freezing of all talks on humanitarian exchange. Now in the wake of these new, so to speak, `saboteurs`, it becomes problematic to talk about the exchange of Sentsov, Kolchenko, Karpiuk, and Klykh,” the lawyer said.

He also said that ”the Crimean saboteurs” detained in August were transferred to Moscow`s Lefortovo pretrial detention facility, where Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who has been accused of spying, is also held in custody.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation claims they detained in the strategic port city of the occupied Crimea, Sevastopol, a group of commandos of the Ukrainian military intelligence, who plotted subversive action on military sites.

”The Federal Security Service November 9, 2016 in Sevastopol detained members of a subversive terrorist group of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, who plotted acts of sabotage on the sites of military infrastructure and critical infrastructure of the Crimean peninsula,” the FSB press service reported on its website Thursday, November 10.

At the same time, the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine`s Defense Ministry has refuted the Russian FSB report that it was their employees who had been arrested in the occupied Crimea`s strategic port city of Sevastopol on November 9.


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