The terrorist threat in Ukraine

Attack by Russian terrorists in Kharkiv, Ukraine

Attack by Russian terrorists in Kharkiv, Ukraine 

2014/11/11 • News

Article by: Taras Klochko

On Sunday night in Kharkiv something happened that people have been predicting since spring this year — terrorist attacks have been launched against peaceful Ukrainian citizens on those territories where Russia has not succeeded in igniting war.

Late Sunday night, November 9, in the Kharkiv pub “Stina” (Wall) there was an explosion. It was extremely fortunate that no one was killed, but eleven people were injured, including two seriously. From the beginning no one doubted that this was a terrorist act, backed by Russian special services and terrorists from the so-called “DNR” and “LNR.” It is a fact that this pub has been a favorite gathering place for patriotic residents of Kharkiv, who also have been helping the Ukrainian military in the ATO zone. Therefore, the terrorist attack was directed first of all against Ukrainian patriots in order to frighten them, to curb their will to resist, and to extend the zone of instability and fear in Ukraine.

In Kharkiv they resorted to “classical” terrorist know-how: the explosive device was left near the pub’s bar in a package that appeared to have been left behind by a visitor. The managers at the establishment noticed this package but didn’t give it great importance, and a few minutes later there was an explosion.

The terrorist attack in the pub was preceded by a grenade launcher attack at a Kharkiv military recruitment office the day before. But if the attack on the military recruitment center, which is part of the military infrastructure, could be described as separatist sabotage, the explosion in the pub was an act of pure terrorism directed against civilians.

In fact, the possibility of terrorist attacks in the areas that adjoin the occupied territories has been discussed since spring this year. Several similar attempts have been prevented by law enforcement, but this time the plan was implemented successfully . Therefore, Ukrainians must now prepare for similar attacks in other cities as well. At greatest risk are the major cities in southern and eastern Ukraine. In addition to Kharkiv, they include Mariupol, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Odesa, Kherson, Mykolayiv — in other words,  the territories that Putin for some reason considers as “Novorossiya.” But the possibility of terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out in the capital or in central or even western Ukraine.

Therefore, Ukrainian society and government have been issued a very serious challenge, and their future depends largely on their response. The government and law enforcement agencies must demonstrate that they are able to bring the situation under control and to ensure the safety of citizens. Society must show that it will not resort to panic and that it is ready to fully support law enforcement. The main burden of responsibility in this situation falls on the Security Service of Ukraine. In addition to reinforcing “preventive” anti-terrorist measures in the entire country, it must rapidly investigate the Kharkiv explosion. For the agency of Valentyn Nalyvaichenko (head of the Security Service of Ukraine — Ed.), this case should be a matter of pride; it must be investigated as soon and as professionally as possible. The sooner the perpetrators and organizers of this crime are identified and detained, the calmer and more confident citizens will feel. Any other development will be perceived by society as blatant incompetence by our intelligence services and is not acceptable.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Espreso TV

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  • Michel Cloarec

    They really want to be hated ! What are they going to win ?

  • W8post

    You really want to establish a ‘new republic’ based on fear and terror?

    • Milton Devonair

      Um, you do know that this is russia we’re talking about. And russians.
      How else have those apes ever stolen anything?
      It’s what they do; it’s who they are.

  • Rods

    It is something in the UK we experienced through the IRA, in the 1970’s, 80’s and early 90’s and even now you cannot leave an unattended bag or parcel in a public place without it being treated as a potential bomb! Building and public areas are automatically cleared and then, if necessary the bomb disposal squad is called. It requires everybody to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to stop the terrorists from winning.

    It is now so ingrained into our way of life, you don’t even think about making sure all your possessions are with you at all times when in public places and it does have two other advantages, you are much less likely to lose them or have them stolen.

    We also have extensive on street CCTV to deter street crime and in most publicly accessible building, including in most shops to deter shop thefts and pubs to deter violence by drunks, where they are used to collect evidence when the law has been broken.

    Unfortunately, you will also have to get used to this sort intrusion, if you want to capture, convict and defeat these terrorists. Since 9/7 London bombings we have had small Islamic terrorist threat in the UK, again GCHQ our national electronic security base along with CCTV has been used for tracking, arresting, and the conviction of various terrorists while still at the plotting stage.

  • Paul P. Valtos

    One ail of this attack by the FSB is to instill in the people that their police are not capable of defending the citizens. This is how Putin was able to scare the people in Russia by bombing apartment houses and blaming Chechens. Just look at the affair in Riazan where the apartment house was set up by the FSB was planning to blow up an apartment house but a sane policeman saw what was going on. It was sent up from 224 Lubyanka telephone and the bomb contained hexagen, the same material used in the other apartment bombings. Czar Putin will kill his own Russians to keep himself in power and he has the FSB making sure he stays there. Otherwise, if it be known who instigated these operations, guess who would be found. He is the personification of evil and many more Russians will be buried either by bomb explosions or just the war in Ukraine. Kids that have the potential to be the cream of Russian society except for the sons of oligarchs who, while Putin is in power, will always stand on those bodies.

  • Dirk Smith

    Works both ways, katsaps. Slava Bandera!!

  • W8post

    DISQUS sucks! Writing for 20minutes to answer-DISQUS ask me to sign in-when I already was ‘in’-so I did, and DISQUS deleted my sweating work. THANK YOU DISQUS!!!