Security service says man imprisoned on Ukrainian-Polish border in May had been scheming string of attacks in France
A French man arrested with an arsenal of weapons and explosives has been accused by Ukrainian police of plotting a string of the terrorist attacks before and during Euro 2016.
French police are insisting, however, they have no evidence the 25 -year-old, said to hold far-right ultra-nationalist opinions, was scheming terrorism and suggested he may have been smuggling arms.
We have nothing to confirm or refute a possible terrorist connection … we have asked( the Ukrainians) for more information, a French police spokesperson said on Monday.
Ukraines state security service stopped the man in a white van last month near the border with Poland. Inside the vehicle, they reportedly observed five Kalashnikov semi-automatic rifles, two anti-tank rocket-propelled grenades, 5,000 bullets, 100 detonators and 125 kg( 275 lb) of TNT as well as balaclavas.
Ukrainian officials said the man was planning to to be implemented by 15 attacks on bridges, railways, synagogues, mosques, public buildings including taxation offices and motorways.
A video made by Ukrainian security and posted on YouTube purportedly shows the man loading a white van with weapons before being dragged out of the vehicle by soldiers near the Ukraine-Poland checkpoint at Yagodyn. In January 2015, a Ukrainian parliamentary committee described the border post, popular with cigarette smugglers, as the most corrupt in Ukraine.
Ukraines state security services( SBU) said it first noticed the man last December when he allegedly tried to establish ties with Ukrainian troops for the purposes of the guise of volunteering and had set him under surveillance. Ukraine is currently engaged in a conflict with pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country.
The Frenchman spoke negatively about his governments migration policies, the spread of Islam and globalisation, Vassil Hrytsak of the SBU told a press conference in Kiev. He also said he wanted to perpetrate acts of terror in protest.
Hrytsak added: The SBU has succeeded in stopping 15 terrorist attacks that were planned in France just before and during the European football championship.
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