Russian special services are eager to destabilize the political situation in Moldova and Odesa region, southern Ukraine. Vasyl Hrytsak, the head of the SBU, Ukraine's state security service reported this at a press briefing in Odesa, quoted by Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
'Lately, we've been getting pieces of information about the attempts of Russian special services to get back to the issue of Bessarabia (the reference to the Russia-designed idea of separate 'people's republic' in the region of Bessarabia, specifically, southern Ukraine and Moldova, - 112 International),' Hrytsak said.
The SBU chief reminded that after two special operations in 2015, the project of the Russian special services failed.
'As far as we know, two Moscow-based clans sorted it out and now decided to go back to it. They might be aiming to erode the situation in Moldova and Odesa region', he said.
In 2015, the SBU exposed the pro-Kremlin group that tried to establish an illegal state formation called 'Bessarabia'; it was supposed to appear in Odesa region and spread the separatist views in the area.