another Russian covert assassination attempt in Ukraine

1-23-17    According to the SBU, for the preparation of the killing of MP, two men arrived on 14 December 2016 on the territory of Ukraine – in Kharkov–planned by Russian secret services.

On 19 December they went to Kiev, where during the week, conducted reconnaissance and surveillance of the object.  The report they sent to their supervisor in Russia.

The suspects – two citizens of Ukraine.  One of them is a citizen S. 1980, the native of Donetsk region, previously convicted three times, last time for theft, the other a citizen D., born in 1978, native of the Crimea, twice convicted for robbery.

The attackers were arrested with an improvised explosive device near the house of Deputy  images.jpeg Anton Gerashchenko, target.

Seized by Ukraine security:  an explosive device – a plastic container with plastic explosives weighing approximately 400 grams, heavy duty magnet, detonator and battery.  During the searches in the apartment and the car of detainees–mobile terminals, SIM cards to bring the improvised explosive device, means of communication to the attackers.

Overseeing the organization of the assassination–allegedly a former citizen of Ukraine, who fought for the separatists in Lugansk, Andrey Tikhonov, living in the moment in Belgorod.

Gerashchenko said (motive was) because of the activities of the Peacemaker website, which published data on the Russian aggression in Ukraine.  On the Peacemaker website is a large base of the separatists participating in combat operations in the Donbass, and the Russian military, which according to the website, also involved in the fighting in Eastern Ukraine….In his opinion, this site is very painful for all the persons who conducted and are conducting subversive activities against Ukraine.     http://ukropnews24.com/anton-saved-the-story-of-the-assassination-of-gerashchenko/   (English corrections added -r)

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1-22-17   “Heinous crime, an assassination of Ukrainian MP, was prevented yesterday in Kyiv,” SBU head Vasyl Hrytsak said.

According to him, the secret services of the Russian Federation were involved into the assassination attempt.  Two suspects, who communicated with Russian supervisors, were detained. They were going to install explosive devices into the MP’s car and escape to Russia afterwards.     http://kievreporter.com/news-from-kiev/4657

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Merkel leading polls for German election in autumn 2017

1-25-17    The latest ‘Deutschland Trend’ poll by ARD shows that the Christian Democrats are still well ahead with 37 per cent support.

The Social Democrats trailing behind at 20 per cent support, according to the poll which asks how people would vote if the election was held today.  http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/713430/German-election-2017-federal-vote-will-Angela-Merkel-lose-prediction-AfD-CDU-SDP-polls

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