Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian security services to step up with their intelligence and stop “sabotage groups” from entering the country which has seen a series of explosions in mainland Russia.
President Putin told the FSB to stop the illegal weapons from entering the Russian Federation and to bolster the maximum security in the four annexed regions of eastern Ukraine.
Putin accused Western intelligence of always being active in Russia and that they have “thrown additional personnel, technical and other resources against us.
“We need to respond accordingly,” to the West’s actions.
This comes as Ukraine warned on Monday that it “is possible” they could target sites “on Russian territory” as Kyiv are preparing for their spring counteroffensive.
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Ukraine Deputy Military Intelligence chief, Vadym Skibitsky warned, “It is possible that we will also destroy arms depots or military equipment on Russian territory, for example around the city of Belgorod.
“Attacks on Ukraine will be launched from there.”
Putin has ordered the step up in intelligence following a series of Ukrainian drone attacks on the Russian Federation.
The Russian Defence Ministry have accused Ukraine of trying to conduct two drone attacks in southern Russia overnight which saw an oil depot ablaze.
A drone had come down near to a natural gas station in southern Moscow and the regional governor said it was a failed attack on “civil infrastructure facility.”
The Ukrainian drone has crashed on Tuesday around 68 miles from the Russian capital which is the closest attempted drone strike on Moscow since the war started on 24 February 2022.
Governor Andrei Vorobyov wrote, “This happened near the locality of Gubastovo. The drone likely targeted a civilian facility but did not damage it.
“No victims either.”
/3. Also on the morning of February 28, some Russian media began to claim that an unknown flying object fell in the Adygea Republic of Russia pic.twitter.com/tJVzRuHReT
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The UJ-22 Airborne UAV which was made by Ukrjet, who are a Ukrainian company based in Kyiv, but this has not been independently verified.
The Telegram channel added, “Our source says that apparently the drone quickly lost altitude, possibly due to running out of fuel, and damaged its wing against the trees, which caused it to fall.”
Ukraine was also accused of two other attempted drone attacks where one had caused an explosion in Adygea, south of the Sea of Azov.
The Russian Defence Ministry further claimed that the Russian region of Krasnodar was also targeted, but anti-drone defence systems were activated which caused the UAV’s to go off course which failed to hit their targets.
The Ministry said, “Both drones lost control and deviated from their flight paths. One fell into a field, the other, deviating from its trajectory, did not harm the intended target.”