Reflections

A Potential Flashpoint in Crimea

Aug 11, 2016 | 03:47 GMT
A Potential Flashpoint in Crimea
A mural featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin looms over passersby in Simferopol, Crimea. Putin has condemned an incursion in the Russian-annexed peninsula that his security services blamed on Ukraine.
(ALEXANDER AKSAKOV/Getty Images)

The Ukrainian conflict may have just gotten more complicated. 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. No matter who is correct, the incident could trigger an escalation of the conflict....

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