Putin: “Armed Ukrainian incursion into Crimea”

Kiev has turned to the “practice of terrorism” instead of trying to peacefully resolve Ukraine’s crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in commenting on an FSB report that it had foiled terrorist attacks in Crimea plotted by Ukrainian intelligence. Ukraine is “playing a dangerous game,” the Russian leader said when talking to reporters on Wednesday, while calling Kiev’s actions “stupid and criminal.” (Russia Today)

The alleged attempted incursions, which Russia’s security services FSB described as acts of “terrorism,” were reportedly meant to target critical infrastructure, according to the FSB. (Deutsche Welle)

Ukraine’s defence ministry said: “This kind of FSB statement is nothing more than an attempt to justify the relocation and aggressive actions of Russian military units on the temporarily occupied peninsula. (Guardian)