Oleksandr Turchynov: Russia’s FSB and GRU should be recognized as terrorist organizations
Russia's Federal Security
Service (FSB) and the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces
(GRU) should be recognized as terrorist organizations, and Russia - as a state sponsor
of terrorism. This was stated by Secretary of the National Security and Defense
Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov.
According to him, on April 17,
at a joint briefing of the Security Service of Ukraine and the Prosecutor
General's Office of Ukraine, "irrefutable evidence was provided about the
participation of the FSB and the GRU in organizing terrorist attacks on the
territory of Ukraine".
"The security structures of
our state exposed an intelligence network, created by the secret services of
the aggressor state, that is responsible for a series of terrorist attacks in
the territory of Ukraine, explosions and assassinations, in particular, of the
SBU and the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of
Ukraine, - the NSDC Secretary said. - The employees of Russia's secret services
were detained, and their confessions testify to the purposeful organization by
Russia's FSB and military intelligence of terrorist activity in our country".
According to the evidence obtained, Mr. Turchynov said, responsibility
for the organization of terror and sabotage on the territory of Ukraine is
borne by FSB Director, General Oleksandr Bortnikov, the head of the
counter-intelligence operations department of the FSB General Dmytro Minaev,
the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia Vice Admiral Ihor
The NSDC Secretary stressed that criminal cases were opened against all
those involved in the organization and execution of terrorist attacks. In
addition, these individuals should be included in the Interpol base as
terrorists, as well as to the sanctions lists, Mr. Turchynov believes.
"Similar crimes of Russia's secret services were exposed also outside
our country, in particular, the use of military poisonous substances in the
territory of the United Kingdom, etc." - he reminded.
"All these criminal acts give grounds for recognizing the secret
services of the Russian Federation, in particular, the FSB and the GRU, as terrorist
organizations, and Russia - as a state sponsor of terrorism", - Oleksandr Turchynov summarized.