News / Europe

Ukraine Scrambles for Details on 3 'Terrorists' Held in Russia

Russian television shows Vitaliy Kryvosheyev, who identifies himself as the head of a nationalist group called the Ukrainian National Union, and claims he was taking his instructions directly from Ukraine's Security Service.
Russian television shows Vitaliy Kryvosheyev, who identifies himself as the head of a nationalist group called the Ukrainian National Union, and claims he was taking his instructions directly from Ukraine's Security Service.
Zhanna Byezpyatchuk and Daisy SindelarRFE/RL
— Kyiv has grown accustomed to accusing the Kremlin of using lies and disinformation to depict Ukrainians as violent neo-Nazis bent on destroying ethnic Russians.

So when Russian media reported on April 4 that the Federal Security Service (FSB) had arrested 25 Ukrainian citizens for terrorist intent, it seemed like just the latest fabrication of convenience.

Now, however, Ukrainian journalists are reporting that at least some of Russia's claims are true -- and that at least three of the alleged suspects actually exist and are being held in detention.

The three men -- Vitaliy Kryvosheyev, Artyom Holovko, and Kirill Pilipenko -- were shown on Russian TV reports, allegedly giving testimony about the group's intent to carry out terrorist acts in seven Russian regions in the days before Crimea's referendum on Russian annexation.
Kryvosheyev can be seen identifying himself as the head of a nationalist group called the Ukrainian National Union, and makes the startling claim he was taking his instructions directly from the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU). The report alleges the men were also working closely with Right Sector, the armed nationalist group that is a target of particular Kremlin vitriol.

Speaking to media in Ukraine, family members said they were shocked by the Russian allegations and that the men had traveled to Russia for work. "My son left for a job, and now they're calling him a saboteur!" Kryvosheyev's father, Sergei, told "Komsomolskaya pravda Ukraine."

Relatives of Kryvosheyev, 27, and Holovko, 32, say both men traveled by bus from Kharkiv to Russia on March 14 to work for a branch of a Ukrainian photography company. They vanished almost instantly. Holovko's brother, Stepan, said the bus driver later told his family that the two men were detained shortly after crossing the border, with police referring to them as members of Right Sector.

Several sources confirmed Kryvosheyev's ties to the Ukrainian National Union, but denied any connection to Right Sector. Dmytro Yarosh, the head of Right Sector, said the group "did not send any representatives to Russia."

Pilipenko, a 25-year-old electrician in Nikopol, reportedly left Ukraine a week earlier for a similar job in the city of Elista in the republic of Kalmykia. InfoResist, a Ukrainian investigative and military-security site, quoted Pilipenko's wife, Svitlana, as saying she last spoke to him on March 15.

It remains to be seen how Ukrainian officials will react to the development. The SBU on April 4 rejected the Russian media reports as Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevheniy Perebyynis said Russia had refused to present Ukraine with any information about the detainees, including their identities.

"The Russian side is unwilling to disclose information about these people, and that leads us to think that maybe this is yet another Russian provocation aimed at destabilizing the situation in Ukraine," he said.

You May Like

China Investigates Former Powerful Security Chief

Former security chief and member of Politburo Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, under investigation for suspected 'serious disciplinary violation' More

India, US Look to Reset Ties During Kerry Visit

This week's talks will be first high level interaction between two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge More

Video Young African Leadership Program Renamed to Honor Mandela

YALI program, launched by President Obama in 2010, aims to build skills in business, entrepreneurship, public management and civic leadership More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Tom Murphy from: Northern Virginia
April 08, 2014 5:07 PM
Russia, like North Korea, has a talent for getting anyone to say anything they want, on cue.

Example: "Would you like to go home to your wife with your testicles attached, or would you prefer to leave them here with us?"

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid