Russia has a right to strike terrorist bases located in Ukraine, Russian military expert Viktor Murakhovsky has said in an interview to the Russian state-linked daily “MK.”
The interview followed the incident on the Ukrainian-Russian border in the Republic of Crimea where groups of Ukrainian saboteurs had made few attempts to enter the Russian territory in order to conduct terrorist attacks against the peninsula’s critical infrastructure and civil objects. The attempts were thwarted by the Russian Federal Security Service.
Murakhovsky noted that a wide network of armed groups, that are out of control of the Ukrainian military and special services, operate in the territory of Ukraine. However, he does not exclude that the saboteurs participated in the Crimean incident could be trainted by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
Murakhovsky emhasized that if it’s needed, Russia has the right to strike terrorist bases on the Ukrainian territory.
“Obviously the saboteurs were professionals, but our security forces acted in a way so that civilians would not suffer. It’s unfortunate that two military servicemen were killed. The strengthening of security measures and the elimination of the Ukrainian sabotage network will be a sufficient answer. And, for sure, Moscow should warn Kiev that if provocations continue, there will be an adequate response within the framework of international agreements for combating terrorism. The actions of Ukrainian saboteur-reconnaissance groups could be considered to be terrorist in nature because Russia and Ukraine are not at war. Thus, Russia has a right to strike terrorist bases located on the territory of Ukraine.”