allegedly come from the people involved Russia, Ukraine and Armenia, As reported by the Federal Security Service. Officials described the attack as a “terrorist act”.
of the Federal Security Service (FSB, formerly KGB) Russia This Wednesday announced the arrest of eight people allegedly involved in the bomb attack that damaged the bridge last Saturday Crimea,
“At present, five Russian citizens and three citizens of Ukraine and Armenia involved in the preparation of the crime are detained under investigation,” the FSB said in a statement.
In all, the press release said, twelve people have been identified as those involved in the attack on the bridge, which Russian officials described as a “terrorist act.”
According to the FSB, the attack on the infrastructure was organized by the Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, its chief Kirill Budanov and his agents.
“The explosive device was concealed in a roll of polyethylene for construction contained in 22 pallets with a total weight of 22,770 kg”specifies the statement, which adds that the goods were shipped from the Ukrainian port of Odessa to Russia’s Bulgarian port on the Danube in early August.
According to the FSB, cargo from Russia was sent to the Georgian port of Poti, on the Black Sea, and from there, by land, to Armenia, where it completed the customs procedures of the Eurasian Economic Union led by Russia.
From Armenia, the shipment of explosives again passed through Georgia and entered Russian territory via the Verzhny Lars Mountain Pass on 4 October and was unloaded at a bulk center in the city of Armavir on 6 October.
On October 7, the statement said, the cargo documentation was falsified and indicated a non-existent company in Crimea as the recipient of the cargo, and the next day, when the truck that was carrying it, was driving over the bridge, it had exploded.
According to the FSB, complete tracking of the passage of cargo with explosives and contact with the participants in the operation was carried out by an agent of the Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, who identified himself as “Ivan Ivanovich”. ,