MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said Wednesday it had dismantled a spy ring in Crimea organized by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, which was plotting acts of terror and sabotage on critical and life-supporting elements of the peninsula's infrastructure.
“Attempts to ‘destabilize the situation’ in the Russian Crimea are doomed to failure. We will undoubtedly provide stability and security in the Republic of Crimea,” the ministry said in a statement.
"We would also like to warn Kiev and its foreign curators that the damage caused to Russia, the loss of Russian troops, will not remain without consequences," it said.
Russia has repeatedly pointed out to its partners Ukraine’s unwillingness to seek peaceful solutions, the ministry said.
"We have repeatedly pointed out to our partners that the current Kiev authorities are not interested in looking for peaceful ways to resolve problems in Ukraine, they are not ready to compromise, but seek to resolve emerging issues via forceful, and now terrorist, measures," the ministry said in a statement.
Russia is worried by inaction on the part of Ukrainian authorities in the face of rising militant rhetoric and violent actions by the country’s so-called volunteer battalions, the ministry said.
"We are seriously concerned about the inaction of Kiev authorities in the face of growing militant rhetoric and violent actions taken and planned by the so-called volunteer battalions and other extremists."