Putin boosts anti-terror measures at Ukraine frontier with annexed Crimea as Poroshenko puts troops on combat alert
Russia and Ukraine stepped up security on the de facto perimeter between Crimea and mainland Ukraine on Thursday, a day after Moscow accused Kiev of planning terror attacks on the peninsula.
The alleged incidents, which have raised tensions over Crimea to the highest level since Russia annexed the region from Ukraine in 2014, took place over the weekend. Russias FSB security service claims to have detained a Ukrainian terror cell with 20 homemade explosive devices inside Crimea, and repulsed fire from across the border in a separate incident. The FSB said one of its officers and a Russian soldier died during the clashes.
The FSB statement on Wednesday was swiftly followed by tough statements from Russias president, Vladimir Putin, who accused Ukraine of terrorism. We patently will not let such things slide by, Putin said.
On Thursday, Putin satisfied his security council, and the group discussed additional measures for ensuring security for citizens and essential infrastructure in Crimea, according to a Kremlin statement. The statement added: Scenarios were carefully considered for anti-terrorist security measures at the land perimeter, in the water and within the national airspace of Crimea.
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