"The Security Service officers detained six Dnipropetrovsk locals on June 24. They were active members of the radical gang. The members of this gang spread public incitement to violate the territorial integrity of Ukraine through social networks. They also assembled groups of local residents to send them to special camps for appropriate combat training," the statement says.
"According to the detainees, their goal was to create a Dnipropetrovsk People's Republic "to support the terrorists operating in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions with which they were in direct contact. The plotters planned the creation of illegal armed groups to capture the government and for attacks on the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," added in the Security Service
During the detainees' premises searching the law enforcers discovered and seized explosives, firearms, grenades, maps of committing terrorist acts in Dnepropetrovsk, leaflets calling for violent change of power and violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
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The investigators of the Security Service in the Dnipropetrovsk region initiated criminal proceedings over this incident under Part 2 of Article 110 (the encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine) and Part 2 of Article 258 (terrorism) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.