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Ukraine charges Russian officer with planning terror attack in Kyiv in 2014

by Martin Fornusek October 18, 2023 3:44 PM 2 min read
Russian special forces Major Konstantin "Mexican" Maslyanko, responsible for planning terror attacks against Ukraine. Photo published on Oct. 18, 2023. (SBU/Telegram)
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Ukrainian authorities charged a Russian special forces officer with preparing a terrorist attack in Kyiv in 2014 and implicated him in a successful terrorist attack near Luhansk in 2015, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported on Oct. 18.

The SBU identified the suspect as Major Konstantin Maslyanko, with a call sign "Mexican," an officer of special operations forces of the Russian Defense Ministry.

Maslyanko reportedly arrived in occupied Luhansk at the start of Russian aggression against Ukraine in 2014 to create groups for subversive operations on Ukrainian territory, the Prosecutor General's Office said.

For this purpose, the major recruited a woman from Luhansk, equipped her with explosives, and tasked her with carrying out a terrorist attack in Ukraine's capital.

The woman was detained by the SBU near Arsenalna metro station in Kyiv, where the woman left a bag with three kilograms of TNT and a detonator, the prosecutors said.

Ukraine's Security Service also said that Maslyanko's unit was also involved in a terrorist attack near Stanytsia Luhanska in January 2015.

In this incident, a man claiming to be local resident approached the Ukrainian military checkpoint at the contact line with Russian-occupied territories and gave the soldiers a jar of honey, which contained explosives.

The jar detonated, killing one soldier and injuring two others. The perpetrator was later detained and sentenced to prison.

According to the investigation, Maslyanko is currently in the occupied territories of Donetsk or Luhansk oblasts and continues to carry out subversive activities against Ukraine.

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