Russia to investigate alleged SAS activities in Ukraine — Analysis

According to reports, at least two British Special Operations Groups were deployed in Lviv.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said on Saturday that it will look into media reports that sabotage experts from the British Army’s special forces have been deployed in western Ukraine.

“This data is going to be checked thoroughly,”Especially when you consider the fact that Special Air Service forces (SAS), have been established as “experts in organizing mass protests, assassinations of political figures as well as preparing terrorist attacks,”The agency stated this in a statement.

This is after a source in security told RIA Novosti that two British troops had entered the Ukrainian Air Force Base in Brody, in the Lviv Region. They came all the way to Kiev from “the city of Hereford in the UK, where SAS headquarters is located,”The source stated.

According to reports, each group comprises between 8 and 10 officers. These officers specialize in sabotage, combat guerrilla warfare, recruitment, and assistance in hostile areas. The source claims that SAS experts are the most skilled in such areas.

“Those aren’t ordinary special forces. They’re intellectuals. In each group there is always an ideologist – a professor of sorts – and the rest are experts in their specific areas,”He elaborated.

Ukrainian troops training on British soil – Johnson

SAS sabotage groups are often deployed to conflict areas under the disguise of humanitarian and medical personnel, such as the White Helmets, according the source.

“It’s highly likely that these specialists arrived in order to improve the Ukrainian special forces’ skills and efficiency in coordinating activities of their sabotage groups on the Ukrainian territories currently controlled by the Russian forces,”He stated.

The UK has been one of Ukraine’s primary backers and arms suppliers during its ongoing conflict with Russia. London sent weapons to Kiev, including anti-tank missile and anti-aircraft systems as well as armored vehicles. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and personally assure him of Britain’s support.

British commandos return to Ukraine – The Times

The Times published last week that SAS troops had been in Kiev to train their Ukrainian counterparts on how to use British shoulder-fired anti tank missile launchers.

Johnson announced that some Ukrainian soldiers were visiting the UK to learn how to use the 120 armored vehicles London provides. Another group of British experts were training Kiev’s forces in Poland to use anti-aircraft hardware, he added.

Russian 'victory' in Ukraine 'possible' – UK PM

British prime minister, David Cameron acknowledged on Friday that there had been a “realistic possibility”Russia’s military victory in Ukraine is a sign that Russia must increase weapon delivery to Kiev.

Moscow denounced repeatedly NATO-provided arms to Kiev. It claimed that these weapons only destabilized the situation and hampered peace efforts. The Russian government insists on the fact that Western convoys are legitimate targets once they reach 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 Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German diplomats brokered the protocols to ensure that the region was granted special status by the Ukrainian state.

In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.

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