Russian officials said they were investigating information that British special forces had come to Ukraine to assist its forces in carrying out sabotage activities.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (SK) on April 23 announced that it had opened an investigation into information that British special forces were deployed “to assist Ukraine’s special unit in organizing sabotage activities on its territory”.
Earlier, Russian media reported that about 20 members of the British Special Forces Air Force (SAS) had been sent to Lviv province, western Ukraine. SK announced that it will “carefully verify the above information”.
It is not clear how SK intends to conduct an investigation into the presence of British special forces in Ukraine. Russia has warned Western countries not to obstruct their special military operation in Ukraine.
Ukraine has not commented on the information. A spokesman for the British Ministry of Defense said they did not comment on SAS activities.
The UK announced it was sending a military trainer to Ukraine earlier this year to teach its forces how to use anti-tank weapons. The British government on February 17 announced the withdrawal of all troops in Ukraine, except for those protecting their ambassador.
Russia on February 24 launched a military operation to “demilitarize and de-fascist Ukraine”. After two months of hostilities, Russian forces concentrated on the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine in the second phase of the operation.
About 5.16 million people have been displaced from Ukraine, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. About 90% of the refugees are children and women. In April alone, more than 1.12 million people left Ukraine, the figure in March was 3.4 million.
Nguyen Tien (Theo RIA Novosti, Reuters)