Ukraine Day 1138: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. A Ukrainian intelligence colonel was assassinated this morning in a car bomb in Mariupol
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A Ukrainian intelligence colonel was assassinated this morning in a car bomb in Mariupol, Gordonua.com reported.
Col. Oleksandr Kharaberyush, an office of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), was assassinated in a car bomb at 8:30 this morning in Mariupol, Gordonua.com reported, citing the SBU’s Facebook page (translated by The Interpreter):
“I would not criticize so harshly our intelligence services; after all, their activity now is aimed precisely at preventing such incidents. At the same time we must keep in mind that we are facing a serious adversary. That is both the FSB [Federal Security Service of Russia] and the Russian Federation Main Intelligenge Director of the General Staff [the GRU]. Their efforts undoubtedly are aimed at organizing such sabotage. As far as I know, operational investigative actions are being taken to find the reasons for the incident. Now it is extremely important to solve this crime; therefore all the circumstances will be clarified: the nuances of the colonel’s professional activity, he he communicated with and was in contact with.”
“This is a murder which is a component of Russia’s campaign to destabilize the situation in Ukraine. Moscow is trying to discredit our country by all possible means: with the explosion of the warehouse with ammunition, the attack on the Polish consulate in Lutsk and the murder of ex-deputy Denis Voronenkov.”
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick