The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has facilitated the activity of its Anti-Terrorism Center and implementation of counter-terrorism measures, the SBU said in the press-release.
"The Anti-Terrorism Center operating under the Security Service of Ukraine was forced to place anti-terror units on instant alert in accordance with the existing legislation, notably, the Law on Combating Terrorism and other legal acts regulating national counter-terrorism operations," the press-release noted.
The decision was made due to a sharp increase in the reported terrorist incidents, especially, alleged mining of crowded facilities; bomb threats, including at high-risk facilities (nuclear and hydroelectric power stations, critical infrastructure, Boryspil, Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Simferopol international airports, railway and bus stations, pipelines), as well as blocking buildings of executive authorities and administrations, appeals for seizing weapons storage facilities, the press-release said.
The measures being implemented by the Security Service, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Emergency Service, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Infrastructure and other counter-terrorism and executive agencies aim to ensure public security and prevent criminal and terrorism activity.
The measures are publicly-disclosed and cautionary, in the first place, the press-release stressed.
They provide a continuous interagency information exchange, readiness inspection of forces and means, including urgent alarm systems.
In order to prevent a threat to lives and health of the citizens of Ukraine, confirm or refute terror threats the Security Service is verifying anonymous explosive threats, identifying offenders, establishing their motives, and reporting them to the public.
As Ukrainian News reported, the Security Service on February 8 launched the investigation into the attempt at hijacking the Kharkiv-Istanbul flight to Sochi (Russia).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had confirmed the attempt of the Kharkiv resident to hijack a Turkey-bound flight to Sochi.