He said the prosecutor's office was studying the criminal case and the possibility to determine that the crime was the preparation of a terrorist attack.
"One of the leads we follow is the plotting of a terrorist attack. Fortunately, the explosives were not planted, and so far we have no information on where and when [the perpetrators] intended to do it," he said.
The police chief added that the persons detained had no fishing gear on them to claim justifiably that the explosives were in fact part of the illegal fishing effort.
Kryshchenko said the deadly explosion outside the Espresso TV headquarters in Kyiv on Oct. 25 was equivalent to 1 kg of TNT. "Here we have 6.5 kg of explosives which this is a much more powerful set, so everyone can understand what consequences could have been," he said.
Kryshchenko added that the two men, born in 1990 and 1991, were detained. They arrived in Kyiv from Zakarpattia region. So far, their testimony has been brief and controversial, he said.
Earlier, the law enforcers seized explosives found in a Volkswagen parked outside a shopping mall in Kyiv on Nov. 12. Examining the vehicle, the police found in its trunk a backpack with five TNT bars weighing a total of 6.5 kg, and 10 electric fuses.