Moscow, October 13: The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has declared that the Ukrainian army was responsible for a recent deadly explosion on the Crimean bridge.
“The organizer of the terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge was the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, its head Kirill Budanov, employees and agents,” the FSB said in a statement on the findings of the investigation. an investigation into the incident. reports the agency.
A camouflaged explosive device was hidden in a consignment of construction materials, which was shipped from the Ukrainian seaport of Odessa to the Bulgarian town of Ruse in early August, he added.
The cargo was delivered to Georgia and then Armenia before arriving at a wholesale depot in the Krasnodar region in southern Russia on Oct. 6, according to the FSB.
A day later, with the help of two Ukrainian citizens and five Russian nationals, the documents on the shipper and consignee of the cargo were changed and the cargo was loaded into the truck of a Russian citizen, a he added.
The truck exploded on the morning of October 8 while traveling on the road part of the Crimean Bridge, causing seven fuel tanks of a train heading towards the Crimean peninsula to burn. Three people were killed in the explosion, which also led to the partial collapse of two spans of the road bridge.
The FSB said an employee of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, who introduced himself as “Ivan Ivanovich”, controlled the movement of the cargo along the route and contacted the participants in the crime with a virtual anonymous phone number purchased on the Internet and a phone number registered under the name of a Ukrainian citizen.
So far, five Russian citizens and three Ukrainian and Armenian nationals, who participated in the preparation of the crime, have been arrested, the FSB said, adding that the investigation is continuing and all those responsible will be held accountable.