At least two British special operations groups are said to have been deployed in the Lviv region
The Russian Board of Inquiry said on Saturday it would examine media reports that British Army special forces sabotage experts had been deployed in western Ukraine.
“These data will be checked thoroughly”, especially considering that Special Air Service (SAS) forces have established themselves as “experts in the organization of mass demonstrations, the assassinations of political figures as well as in the preparation of terrorist attacks”, the agency said in a statement.
It comes after a security source told RIA Novosti earlier today that at least two groups of British servicemen had arrived at a Ukrainian air force base in the town of Brody in the Lviv region. They’ve come all the way since “the city of Hereford in the United Kingdom, where the head office of SAS is located”, the source said.
Each group would consist of 8 to 10 officers, specializing in sabotage, guerrilla warfare and recruiting agents to work in hostile territory. SAS experts are considered among the best in the world in these areas, according to the source.
“These are not ordinary special forces. They are intellectuals. In each group, there is always an ideologue – a kind of professor – and the others are experts in their specific fields,” he explained.
When deployed in conflict zones, SAS sabotage teams typically operate under the guise of medical or humanitarian workers, including the White Helmets group, which was active during the Syrian conflict, the source said.
“It is highly likely that these specialists arrived with the aim of improving the skills and efficiency of Ukrainian special forces in coordinating the activities of their sabotage groups on Ukrainian territories currently controlled by Russian forces,” he said. he added. he said.
The UK has been one of Ukraine’s main arms donors and suppliers during its ongoing conflict with Russia. London has sent weapons ranging from anti-tank and anti-aircraft missile systems to armored vehicles to kyiv. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky and personally assure him of Britain’s support.
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Last week, The Times reported that SAS troops were also in Kyiv to train their Ukrainian counterparts in the use of British NLAW shoulder-mounted anti-tank missile launchers.
A few days ago, Johnson revealed that some Ukrainian servicemen were in the UK, where they are being trained to operate the 120 armored vehicles supplied by London. Another group of British experts was training Kyiv forces in Poland to use anti-aircraft equipment, he added.
On Friday, the British Prime Minister acknowledged that there was a “realistic possibility” of Russia’s military victory in Ukraine, insisting that arms deliveries to kyiv should be accelerated.
Moscow has repeatedly condemned the arms deliveries to kyiv sent by NATO countries, saying they only destabilize the situation on the ground and hamper the prospects for peace. He also insists that Western convoys will become legitimate targets for Russian forces once they cross into Ukrainian territory.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.
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