The Security Service of Ukraine neutralized a Russian group planning to shoot down passenger aircraft
“The SSU has conducted a multi-stage special operation, during which they neutralized a deeply secreted enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group. The agents of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces were plotting a terrorist attack to shoot down a passenger aircraft over the territory of Russia or Belarus,” the report of the Security Service of Ukraine states.
Russian invaders were planning to accuse Ukraine and its partners of the attack on the aircraft. To make a provocation, attackers wanted to open fire on a civilian aircraft with the Stinger man-portable air-defense system. Russian security officials instructed their agents to steal and smuggle a foreign-made Stinger system for this purpose.