Workers of SBU, the state security service of Ukraine reported that a man was detained in Kharkiv underground while preparing a terrorist attack. The malefactor set an explosive charge on the station's platform as a large crowd of people amassed there.
'The man was recruited by the Russian special service in order to organize and execute the terrorist act at an underground station. According to the plan of his curators, the explosion was supposed to lead to numerous casualties, resulting in the destabilization of the political situation in the country shortly before the presidential election', the message says.
According to the SBU report, the Russian special service passed the convict a 600-gram TNT charge, which was supposed to be activated with a phone call. The Russian agents also provided the culprit with instructions on how to prepare the attack and paid him USD 15,000 for the crime.
In Kharkiv, the malefactor bought nails, bolts and screws, which he planned to use to fill the charge, in order to boost its devastating effect.
The SBU opened a criminal case under respective articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The criminal faces from five to ten years behind the bars.