Russia cut off Internet in northern part of Crimea


Residents of the northern part of the Crimea near the city of Armyansk were cut off the Internet “for security reasons.”

It happened after a shootout on the border with Ukraine, and the detention of suspects, who allegedly prepared a terrorist attack on the peninsula. This was told by senator from the Crimea, a member of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Olga Kovitidi.

“[The Internet was disconnected] for security reasons. We need this for special services to ensure that there was no penetration. So, all these activities are required for security reasons, and people understand it,” Kovitidi said.

Previously, Krymtelekom (Crimea’s Internet provider – RRT) explained failures of internet in the northern regions of the Crimea by engineering works.

Recently, the FSB reported that Ukrainian saboteurs were detained near Armyansk on the night of August 7. The FSB claims that they were planning attacks in the peninsula, but Ukrainian authorities deny it.

Prior to the FSB‘s message, witnesses told about shooting at the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Crimea on August 7.

One of the detainees – Yevgeny Panov from the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine – was arrested for 2 months. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the second detainee is Andrey Zakhtey, his nationality was not specified. The names of other detainees are not yet known. The source of Interfax in law enforcement services said that there are 3 or 4 Russian citizens among the detainees.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko ordered to put armed forces in high combat readiness near the border with the Crimea, and in Donbas.