Head of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Coast-Guard Department Alexei Volsky stated that “there is no doubt” that the “main provocative attacks” by Ukraine were aimed “at the construction and the beginning of use of the Crimean bridge across the Kerch Strait,” speaking at a briefing in Moscow on Saturday.
“It is known that statements at various levels of various representatives of Ukraine about the need, in simple language, to destroy the Crimean bridge were sounded regularly,” he explained.
Volsky went on to say that “the area next to the Kerch Strait was closed off” due to repeated “provocative actions recently performed by Ukraine.”
As an example, he mentioned an incident in which “Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance units” made an “attempt to infiltrate the territory of Crimea on August 6 and 7, 2016.”
“As a result, three Russian service members received gunshot wounds. Already in hospital, one member of the FSB and one of the Russian Ministry of Defense died from their wounds,” he added.
Head of the Russian FSB’s Investigative Division Mikhail Shishov meanwhle stated that the detained Ukrainian sailors have been “accused of illegally crossing the border of the Russian Federation” and “are currently in a detention centre in Moscow.”
Shishov also said that “a resident of the city of Donetsk” recognised one of the “detained officers of the Ukrainian Security Service” as someone who had “tortured him during tensions in Berdyansk” which resulted in the man sustaining “significant body injuries.”