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Ukraine says Russian agent planning attack in Odessa arrested

KYIV, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s SBU security service said on Monday it had detained a Russian military intelligence agent who was planning an attack on Odessa, the country’s biggest Black Sea port.

“(Their) main task was to shake up the political situation in the Odessa region through sabotage and terrorist acts,” the SBU said. It added that the agent was taken into custody while trying to recruit someone to carry out the attack.

Officials from Russia’s foreign and defense ministries did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Ukrainian statement, which did not go into details.

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A man who, according to Ukraine’s State Security Service, is a Russian military intelligence agent and was planning an attack on Odessa, the country’s largest Black Sea port, has been detained at an undisclosed location in Ukraine, this image It was released on January 10, 2022. PRESS SERVICE/REUTERS of the State Security Service of Ukraine . handout via

Kiev, Washington and the western capitals have raised concerns about the potential for Russian forces to build up near Ukraine and invade. US and Russian officials began talks in Geneva on Monday to try to defuse the crisis. read more

Moscow has denied planning the attack and accused Ukraine and NATO of creating tension, demanding that the US-led coalition guarantees it will not grant Kiev membership.

Russia said last month that someone threw a Molotov cocktail at the Russian consulate in the Ukrainian city of Lviv and formally opposed the attack, which it called an “act of terrorism”. read more

Ukraine’s ties with Russia were torn apart in 2014 when Crimea was annexed by Russia and Moscow-backed forces seized territory in eastern Ukraine that Kiev wants back. Kiev says that about 15,000 people have died in the fighting since then.

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Reporting by Pavel Polituk; Editing by Philip Fletcher

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