FSB arrests ISIS member ‘who planned murder of a Donbass leader on behalf of Ukraine’

The Russian security service, the FSB, says it has arrested an Islamic State operative who was planning to murder one of the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) on behalf of the Ukrainian authorities.

The suspected terrorist was identified as Mejid Magomedov, born in 1988 in Russia’s southern Dagestan republic. The law enforcement arrested him in Russia’s Smolensk region in the west of the country.

The man said he was involved in a plot to assassinate a senior rebel commander in eastern Ukraine. He said the mission was given to him by Ukraine’s SBU security service in coordination with right-wing extremists from the Right Sector movement, the FSB said.

The man further claimed that “the national special services of Ukraine provide on its territory active support to fighters of the international terrorist organization Islamic State, offering them security, funding, weapons and explosives to organize terrorist attacks on the territory of Russia,” the FSB statement said as cited by Russian media.

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