On February 22nd, 2015 in Kharkiv, Ukraine, during a peace rally which was commemorating the mass civilian protests which took place in Kyiv one year prior and later became best known as the Revolution of Dignity, a remotely controlled explosive device hidden in the snow exploded in the middle of the marching group of people, killing 4, including two teenage boys age 15 and 18, and injuring 10.
The SBU as of now has detained four suspects whom at the moment of their detention had in their possession weapons and explosives of Russian origin with damaged serial markings to prevent more precise identification.
Further investigation has shown that the suspects are members of a terrorist cell identifying as “Kharkiv guerillas”, and had premeditated the bombing to be targeted primarily at the Kharkiv citizens in the time of their rally.
As the official SBU press release states, the suspects were gathering intelligence about mass events in the city, public gatherings and other places with lots of people to maximize the casualties. Besides the rally bombing, they were considering bombing a shopping mall, several public squares, diners and parks.
Among other weapons, the detained had in their possession an RShG-2 assault disposable grenade launcher, a derivative of the RPG-27 anti-tank rocket grenade, with only differences being the warhead and re-graduated sights. As the detained stated under questioning, the leader of the group was receiving funds, weaponry and instructions from their group’s curators in Russian Special Services, who he was meeting in Belgorod, Russian Federation, a small town not too far from Ukrainian border. In Belgorod, terrorist leader was reporting on his group’s activities and receiving further orders to cause violence and terror. As of now further investigation is ongoing, and Ukraine’s Security Service continues the search for other members of the Russian death squad.