Reuters: Russia announces war games after accusing Ukraine of terrorist plot
20:04, 11 August 2016

Reuters: Russia announces war games after accusing Ukraine of terrorist plot

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council

20:04, 11 August 2016

Vladimir Putin summoned his security council and the Russian Navy announced war games in the Black Sea, a day after the Russian president accused Ukraine of trying to provoke a conflict over Crimea, which Moscow seized and annexed in 2014.

The belligerent posture heightened worries in Ukraine that Russia may plan to ramp up fighting in a war between Kiev and pro-Russian eastern separatists that had been de-escalated by a shaky peace process.

Related: Russian Foreign Ministry: Ukraine is ‘passing the buck’ to UN Security Council

Using some of his most aggressive rhetoric against Kiev since the height of the war two years ago, Putin has pledged to take counter-measures against Ukraine, which he accused of sending saboteurs into Crimea to carry out terrorist acts.

Related: The Russian Foreign Ministry named the second "saboteur", detained in Crimea

Ukraine has called the accusations false and says they look like a pretext for Russia to escalate hostilities. Such an escalation could be used by Putin to demand better terms in the Ukraine peace process, or to inflame nationalist passions at home ahead of Russian parliamentary elections next month.

The Russian leader met his top military and intelligence service brass on Thursday and reviewed "scenarios for counter-terrorism security measures along the land border, offshore and in Crimean air space," the Kremlin said.

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