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    Russia says it foiled Ukrainian assassination attempt on annexed Crimea leader

    For the Russian security services, kyiv wanted to plant a bomb in the car of leader Sergei Aksionov. A Russian citizen was arrested.

    The Russian security services (FSB) said on Monday that they had foiled an assassination attempt on the leader installed by Moscow in Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula annexed in 2014, accusing Kiev of wanting to plant a bomb in his car.

    “An assassination attempt on Crimean leader Sergei Aksionov organized by Ukrainian special services has been foiled,” the FSB said, quoted by Russian news agencies.

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    A Russian citizen, born in 1988, has been arrested, accused of having been “recruited by officers of the SBU”, the Ukrainian secret service, added the FSB, according to which this man had “undergone training in subversive intelligence in Ukraine , including explosives”.

    “The bomber did not have time to carry out his criminal intent because he was arrested when he was recovering an explosive device from a cache,” the FSB said.

    “Our special services are working clearly and efficiently. I am convinced that the instigators of this crime will be found and punished,” Sergei Aksionov wrote on Telegram, thanking the FSB for having “prevented the assassination attempt”.

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    Blamed on kyiv by Moscow, several attacks that have killed or injured Russian occupation officials in Ukraine have taken place since the start of the Russian offensive in February 2022.

    Crimea was annexed in March 2014 by Russia after an intervention by its special forces and a “referendum” denounced by kyiv and the West. The peninsula serves as an important logistical base for Russian forces fighting in southern Ukraine, where Kiev troops have been leading an offensive for several weeks.

    Source: BFM TV

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