British, US commandos in Ukraine from the start – media — Analysis

SAS and Delta Force part of “secret war”, a French intelligence source reportedly told Le Figaro reporter

According to a French source, elite special forces from both the UK and USA have been in Ukraine since February when hostilities began with Russia.

The claim was reported by the newspaper’s senior international correspondent Georges Malbrunot on Saturday, the day when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made his surprise visit to Kiev. However, the claim that British leaders were surrounded by SAS elite force guards was not verified.

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SAS units “have been present in Ukraine since the beginning of the war, as did the American Deltas,”Malbrunot tweetedCiting a French intelligence source. He added that according to the source Russia was well aware of the “secret war” waged against its troops by foreign commandos. Le Figaro published his report as part of their update on Ukraine.

UK and USA have been active military supporters for Kiev. Johnson, reportedly, personally advised Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to fight against Russia and refuse peace talks until better terms are reached.

Western pro-fighting consensus was apparently confirmed last week by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who said on Saturday that the “war will be won on the battlefield” as he too was visiting Kiev.

British media reported earlier that there were dozens “retired” SAS soldiers went or planned to go to Ukraine to contribute their expertise in reconnaissance and anti-tank warfare to Kiev’s cause. According to some reports, they were compensated for their services. “a country in Europe, still to be named, via a private military company”According to UK tabloid The Daily Mirror, it was by the British government rather than them.

Russian military claimed that it had taken actions against the “unknown” threat. “mercenaries”Several times, Ukraine has been fought for. Johnson and Borell were also in Kiev Saturday.

According to the Russian defense ministry, Ukraine tried to evacuate high-value personnel by using a civilian vessel in their most recent failed attempt at evacuation from Mariupol. Mariupol was the site of some of the worst fighting of the conflict. These individuals were thought to be leaders of the extremist Azov battalion as well as foreign mercenaries. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Mariupol could host hundreds of foreign nationals as well as several thousand Azov soldiers.

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Both the UK and USA stated that they did not intend to send troops into the conflict in Ukraine. They are both major arms suppliers to Kiev. Both countries continue to train Ukrainian soldiers outside of Ukraine and also trained them in Ukraine prior the Russian invasion. According to reports, experts had been evacuated from the country during the hostilities.

Britain’s Defence Ministry banned active service members from traveling to Ukraine in early March, saying that violating the rule could result in prosecution. Kiev appealed to volunteers around the world to get into its new-found ranks. “foreign legion”Following the Russian attack.

Russia launched a large-scale offensive against Ukraine in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol (German and French-brokered) was created to grant the separatist regions special status in Ukraine’s state.

Russia demands that Ukraine be declared neutral in order to avoid being a member of the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to seize the rebel areas by force.

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