On December 4, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) reported that Russian border guards prevented an attempt of 3 armed men to cross the Russian border from Ukraine. Gunmen resisted to the detention and opened fire at Russian personnel. As a result of the armed clash, one of gunmen was eliminated, while two others fled back to Ukraine.

“In the area of the Border Directorate of the FSB of Russia for the Belgorod and Voronezh regions, on December 4, a frontier detachment suppressed an attempt to violate the border from Ukraine to the Russian Federation by three armed unknown persons. The violators showed armed resistance during the arrest attempt,” the FSB reported.

The FSB has not yet provided other details of the incident. However, the intercepted group was likely a subversive reconnaissance unit affiliated with Ukrainian (and thus Western) intelligence services. The neutralized group was well equipped and, according to reports, received a fire support from the territory of Ukraine during the incident. Over the past years, Ukraine with help from its ‘’democratic partners” has repeatedly tried to stage terrorist attacks in Russia and there are no indications that these efforts were halted by the Zelensky administration.

Recently, in Russian media appeared some details of the incident indicating that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Ukrainian Special Operations Forces continue active planning and conducting active operations (even if they are not very successful) on the territory of Russia.

In particular, according to the version shared by Russian media, the armed clash erupted during an attempt of the Ukrainian unit to kidnap a Russian citizen from the territory of Russia. The report claims that the Kiev regime tried to kidnap a former member of self-defense forces of the region of Donbass – Denis Kharitonov.

The kidnapping attempt reportedly appeared to be a continuation of the SBU provocation that led to a temporary detention of Russia-linked private military contractors (some of them were previously members of forces of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics) in Belarus. MORE HERE Then, the SBU staged a provocation luring this group of people on the territory of Belarus, as a supposed transport point under the fake security contract to protect Rosneft facilities in Venezuela. At the same time, the Kiev government informed the Belarusian authorities that this group of Russia-linked PMCs are preparing to stage an armed coup in Belarus and after their detention, requested their extradition. The operation failed, when the entire SBU plot was revealed due to multiple contradictions in the version of events provided by the Ukrainian special services.

For example, Ukrainian media released a recording of phone calls between an SBU agent (posing as a fake recruiter for the security agency) and ther persons that the Ukrainian side described as three former members of self-defense forces of the region of Donbass – Denis Kharitonov, Sergey Sherbakov and Alexander Sidorov. On the tape, the SBU agent requests them to describe their combat experience and skills under the pretext that this information is needed for signing of the security contract.

For example, the man named Denis Kharitonov says that since 2014 he fought on the side of self-defense forces of Donbass in the Steppe battalion. He allegedly shot down a helicopter and two military Su-25 attack aircraft via MANPADs. Then, the SBU agent talks with another man, allegedly Sergey Shcherbakov, that confirms the data on the downed helicopter and warplanes. Another person allegedly recorded by the SBU is Alexander Sidorov. This man said that he fought in 2014 and 2015 in the Lugansk People’s Republic and in 2016 in the area of ​​the village of Peski, Donetsk region.

Just in August 2020, the FSB already prevented an SBU plot to kidnap one of the leaders of the Eastern Ukraine’s people’s militia in Russia and taking him to Ukraine. The name of the victim was not disclosed. Seven defendants in the criminal case – Russian citizens – have already been arrested.

“As a result of a special operation, the FSB of the Russian Federation uncovered and suppressed an illegal action by the special services of Ukraine on the abduction on the territory of Russia and the forcible transfer to Ukraine of a citizen of the Russian Federation, one of the leaders of the Donbass people’s militia, who took an active part in hostilities against the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” the FSB press service reported.

The development reportedly took place near Moscow. The organizers and coordinators of the action were the citizens of Ukraine Andriy Baidala and Igor Mishchenko.

Additionally with multiple other reports about the increase of SBU attempts to conduct aggressive actions on the territory of Russia, these developments demonstrate the new trend. Special services of Ukraine with support from their NATO partners are not even hiding their active planning and employing of sabotage and other activities against Russia. This activity has slowly but steadily becoming a permanent factor of life in the Russian border regions. So far, SBU-sponsored plots have been successfully repelled by Russian special services. However, in the long run, this threat will continue to grow.