Russian spy chief says Ukraine was directly involved in Moscow concert hall attack

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Ukrainian military intelligence was directly involved in a deadly attack on a concert hall near Moscow in which over 140 people were killed, the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov said, TASS reported on Friday.

“The investigation is ongoing, but it is already safe to say that Ukrainian military intelligence is directly involved in this attack,” the state news agency quoted Bortnikov as saying.

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He also accused the NATO military alliance of facilitating the transfer of “mercenaries and militants of international terrorist organisation from the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan” to Ukraine so that they could fight against Russian forces there.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the concert hall massacre in March and US officials said they had intelligence showing it was carried out by the network’s Afghan branch, ISIS Khorasan. Ukraine has repeatedly denied it had anything to do with the attack.

Bortnikov was cited by TASS as saying that ISIS Khorasan had played a role in coordinating the attackers’ actions and that Ukrainian military intelligence had also played a direct role.

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