>> The tools of a Ukrainian spy network in Crimea. So says Russia's FSB security service. Homemade explosives, ammunition, grenades, and mines. The FSB saying, it dismantled the network in Russian annexed Crimea, and thwarted two armed incursions aimed at getting saboteurs into the peninsula, so that they could set off bombs to disrupt the tourist industry.
An FSB employee and a Russian soldier were killed in clashes with Ukrainian forces, it says. Kiev's retort, Russian has invented the accusations, denying Russian President Vladimir Putin's assertion on Wednesday that it's using terror tactics to provoke a new conflict and destabilize Crimea. Playing a dangerous game. Putin now says, there's no longer any point in planned talks at the G-20 next month about the troubled peace process.
Ukraine's angry response, it's all a cynical pretext for more military threats. If the clashes occurred they're the most serious escalation over Crimea since Russia annexed it from Ukraine in 2014. Washington, Kiev's ally, has weighed in saying it has so far seen nothing to corroborate Russia's allegations. With Ukraine's border guard saying on Thursday that Russia has amassed more and better equipped troops on the border, and Moscow announcing naval exercises in the Black Sea to practice repelling saboteurs.
Fears are growing that Russian military action looms on the horizon.