Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has denied that any of its employees had been detained by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) in Crimea.


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“The main intelligence directorate of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry refutes the statement of Russia’s FSB on the alleged detention of the staff members in Sevastopol,” the ministry said on its official website.


Russia’s FSB said earlier in the day it had detained suspected members of Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s sabotage group in Sevastopol on Wednesday who allegedly plotted acts of sabotage at Crimea’s military facilities. The service claimed that powerful explosive devices, weapons and rounds of ammunition, means of special communications and also maps of facilities had been seized from the detained persons.