Tymchuk: Bombs to be expected anywhere in Ukraine
A bomb blast damaged a railway bridge in the Zaporizhya oblast during the early hours of Tuesday morning, June 24, and there were also two explosions on the railways in the Luhansk oblast. The Security Service [SBU] has called them diversionary acts. Locals says that such terrorist acts will continue as it’s impossible to watch all small groups of [Kremlin-backed’ militants.
Explosives experts report that the bomb was simply placed on the railway track and believe there could have been several dozen kilograms of trotyl.
The route is one used for military supplies, and is the shortest way for servicemen to be brought to Donetsk from Berdyansk.
According to Vasyl Dushny, head of the Zaporizhya People’s Council, it was known earlier that sabotage squads were working in the oblast. He says that a lot of FSB [Russian security service] agents and terrorists have been sent to the Zaporizhya oblast and are forming groups who may well carry out such acts of terrorism.
Dmitry Tymchuk from the Centre for Military and Political Research in Kyiv (which he founded to counter Russian propaganda after the invasion of the Crimea on Feb 27) believes that militants are likely to use such tactics to divert attention from Donbas.
Since the shooting of Ukrainian military checkpoints near Slovyansk and in the Luhansk oblast mean that regardless of official statements, the militants are not observing the ceasefire. Tymchuk believes that the militants will therefore try to distract attention within Ukraine and abroad through terrorist acts throughout the country, including the capital, Kyiv. This will put the enforcement bodies under serious pressure.
He points out that the administrative border of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts can be monitored to see if large numbers of terrorists, technology and arms are being moved. In the case of saboteurs, groups of two or three people, it’s effectively impossible to watch them. “From a political point of view we can expect bomb blasts anywhere”.