26 Oct 2017 14:34

Klintsevich calls claims of Russia's involvement in attack on Rada deputy Mosiychuk 'absurdity and provocation'

MOSCOW. Oct 26 (Interfax) - The First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Defense and Security Committee, Franz Klintsevich, has called allegations of a possible Russian link in the explosion that occurred in Kyiv on Wednesday a provocation.

"Allegations of a Russian trace in the Kyiv explosion, which are being made in Ukraine in one form or another, are absurdity and provocation in one 'political bottle.' I would not be surprised if anyone tells me tomorrow that Saakashvili is spying for Russia," Klintsevich's press service cited him as saying.

The advisor to the Ukrainian interior minister, Anton Herashchenko, said that Russian security services might have been involved in the Kyiv explosion.

Russia is less interested in sociopolitical destabilization in Ukraine than anyone else; it is perfectly aware this may cause a new outbreak of war in Donbas, Klintsevich said.

"Instead of staging political provocations or shifting the blame, Ukraine should think of ways to prevent an even worse scenario," he said.

Mosiychuk, a Verkhovna Rada deputy and Radical Party member, was hurt in the explosion on the evening of October 25. Policy expert Vitali Bala, who was standing near the deputy when the explosion occurred, also suffered an injury. The bodyguard died at a hospital.

According to the deputy's press service, Mosiychuk has woken up from a drug-induced coma following surgery on his legs, abdomen, and back.

The explosion hurt five people.

A criminal inquiry has been opened on charges of terrorism.

The detectives have several theories, including a murder attempt orchestrated by Russia, Kyiv First Deputy Prosecutor Pavel Kononenko said.

"Our second theory - the political activity of Mr. Mosiychuk, his civil position within our state. The third theory - an attempted murder connected to personal motives," Kononenko said.