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FSB says it avoided sabotage against Russian energy export infrastructure — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

A Ukrainian agent attempted to sabotage infrastructure in Russia involved in exporting energy to Turkey and Europe, Russia’s internal security service, the FSB, reported Thursday.

The FSB said it arrested a Russian national in his late 40s as he recovered two powerful improvised explosive devices he was supposed to place at the target.

The man was described as an agent of Ukraine’s security service, the SBU, who was recruited during his visit to the country. The so-called saboteur was acting on orders from kyiv, the statement said.

The Russian agency has released footage it says shows the plot taking explosives from the weapons cache and his subsequent arrest.

Items in his possession included “means of communication with a record of exchanges with his SBU manager, instructions for assembling IEDs and transferring money as well as the coordinates of the planned bombardment”, says the FSB.

Four other people were providing material support to the plot, according to the agency. They are all Russian nationals and have been taken into custody, he added.

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