Serious allegations in Kiev against Moscow – Russian special services allegedly have planned to set on fire two schools with Romanian language teaching in (north) Bucovina. The information was revealed by the Ukrainian Security Service, which says it has managed to block more attempts to destabilize the situation in the area, stiri.tvr.ro informs.
The alleged plot of the secret service in Moscow was revealed by the head of the Ukrainian security service.
According to officials in Kiev, a Russian citizen from Ukraine was paid to recruit people to set on fire two schools with teaching in Romanian language in Cernăuți region.
Deputy Chief of Ukraine’s Security Service, Viktor Kononenko (photo): ‘Their identity has been established and, under all international procedures, we will hold them accountable for criminal deeds. We have also determined that Ponomariov plans to organize instigations in the Cernăuți region.’
Russian citizen David Ponomariov was under the surveillance of the Ukrainian authorities since 2015. This plot was discovered by an undercover agent to whom Ponomariov has revealed his whole plan during internet talks.
SBU claims that Ponomariov, who had planned ‘terrorist attacks’ in Mikolayev in 2015, intended now to organise sabotage in Mihalayev and in Uzhgorov, ziare.com informs.
In a press release, the Foreign Ministry (MAE) in Bucharest firmly condemns any action directed against Romanian-language teaching institutions in Ukraine, and states that it undertakes the necessary steps to obtain additional elements regarding the circumstances of such plots.
The Ukrainian authorities say this is not the first attempt of the FSB (the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation – our note) to destabilize the situation in the region.
This month only, the Ukrainian Security Service has discovered 12 such attempts.
Russian embassy: The ordinary figments of the Ukrainian neo-Nazis
The Russian embassy has accused the Kiev authorities of “neo-Nazism” on Monday, while criticizing the reaction of the Romanian Foreign Ministry, in a very long message posted on its Facebook’s account, entitled “Another anti-Russian paranoia in Kiev”.
“The Embassy of the Russian Federation notices with regret that several media sources in Romania have easily picked up and released fake news, launched by the so-called Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), which, as everyone knows, is for more than 10 years controlled by the CIA. Clearly, faced with a lack of new ideas, Bandera’s neo-Nazi survivors in Kiev have appealed again to provocative lies about the alleged plan of the special Russian services to blow up the ‘Ukraine’ battleship, left immobile and rusty for a long time, to organize attacks on the ‘Hungarian Cultural Society of Transcarpathia’ and, at the same time, to set on fire two Romanian-language schools in the Cernăuți region. Even the Romanian Foreign Ministry has not ignored it and expressed its concern”…”, the message reads.
The Russian embassy in Bucharest says “the objectives of the organizers of this provocation are obvious: The regime in Kiev, the one who suffers from the ‘craze of national grandeur’, would like to distract its neighbours from the forced Ukrainisation policy it pursues constantly, and which was most prominent in adopting the ‘Education bill’ with a discriminatory character.”
The Embassy regrets to underline that such provocations are primarily intended to intoxicate the relations between Romania, Hungary, Poland and the European Union, as a whole, with Russia and to undermine the prospects for pragmatic normalization of interstate relations and political-military relief within our own European home, the Russian Embassy says.