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SBU: Russia pushes for early parliamentary elections in Ukraine

Security service names masterminds and perpetrators.

SBU: Russia pushes for early parliamentary elections in Ukraine

The Russian Federation is preparing provocations in order to organize early parliamentary elections in Ukraine, a SBU senior officer says.

Anatoly Dublik on the TV channel 112 Ukraine said on 11 November that the security service of Ukraine is in possession of documents revealing plans to destabilize the situation in Ukraine in November. This information, says the SBU finds confirmation in the correspondence of Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov.

"The operation envisages the conduct of mass rallies across Ukraine to discredit the public authorities," said Dublik.

According to the SBU, Surkov's first deputy Vladislav Ardzimba is immediately in charge of the organisation of street protests, while the citizen of Armenia Martirosyan does the ground work in Ukraine.

Armen Martirosyan was the passenger because of whom a Belavia flight en route from Kyiv to Minsk had to be turned around last month. He was taken off the flight by Ukrainian law enforcement but later released

Ukrainian intelligence agencies took notice of frequent travels to the Russian Federation and back by the organizers of these actions for both funding purposes, and specific instructions and detailed plan titled Shatun, said Dublik.

According to him, the aim of the plan is destabilization in the country:

"It is about organization of early parliamentary elections in our country aimed to bring down the government and strengthen the pro-Russian forces in the new parliament only with a view to revise the European course and changes in the foreign political vector of our state."

"These activities are planned to start on 15 November with an all-Ukrainian rally of bank depositors. On 17 November, the focus of protests is meant to shift towards the hike in utility tariffs and eventually grow into blocking of government buildings, and expansion of claims of protesters," Dublik added.

In the beginning of the year, President Petro Poroshenko pledged not to allow early elections in Ukraine. Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy said holding early elections would be "unsafe".