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Russia's FSB Prevents Terrorist Act in Crimea, Arrests 6 Who Plotted to Blow Up Orthodox Church

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Counter-terrorism task-force of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Alpha Group  - Sputnik International, 1920, 23.02.2022
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The FSB did not identify the names of the terrorists and did not disclose the details of a special operation to detain them, only pledging that relevant procedural decisions would be made regarding them.
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has prevented a terrorist act in Crimea, arresting six people who plotted to blow up an Orthodox church there.
The FSB said on Wednesday that they had detained "six Russian citizens who are supporters of the Ukrainian extremist organisation Right Sector".
According to the FSB, the six were "preparing to detonate an improvised explosive device in one of the Orthodox churches in the region in order to intimidate the population".
The Federal Security Service also said that in the garage of one of the detainees, components for the manufacture of an explosive device with damaging elements and explosives were seized.
"Instructions for making the explosives, correspondence containing a discussion of the planned terrorist attack, and correspondence confirming the detainees’ involvement in the propaganda of radical ideology on the internet were found in the extremists' communication means. In addition, symbols of the Right Sector were seized in their homes", the FSB added.
In 2014, Crimea along with the city of Sevastopol were reunited with Russia following a referendum, in which more than 95% of the peninsula's voters were in favour of reunification. The latter came amid a military conflict between Kiev and the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, DPR and LPR, respectively, following a coup in the Ukrainian capital.
The current detention of the six extremists by the FSB in Crimea comes a few days after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow had recognised the independence of DPR and LPR. The move came amid the escalation of tensions in eastern Ukraine, where the Ukrainian Army intensified attacks on LPR and DPR, prompting local authorities to initiate a mass evacuation of women and children to Russia.
The shelling of the DPR and LPR by Ukrainian forces currently shows no sign of slowing, amid a series of terrorist acts that have ripped through the Donbass republics over the past few days. In the early hours of Wednesday, LPR authorities said that a new terrorist act took place near a trolleybus depot in Lugansk, an attack that was preceded by a powerful explosion at a parking lot in Lugansk not far from a local government building. At least two people were injured in the blast, described by LPR as a terrorist attack staged by the Ukrainian special services.
In a separate development in Donetsk, a powerful blast occurred near a local television centre on Wednesday. DPR head Denis Pushilin earlier said Ukrainian sabotage groups have become more active in his republic, where they are trying to conduct terrorist attacks against civilians.
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