At least two British special ops groups have reportedly been deployed in the Lviv . region
The Russian Commission of Inquiry said on Saturday it will investigate media reports that sabotage experts from the British Army’s special forces have been deployed in western Ukraine.
“This data is thoroughly checked”, especially considering that Special Air Service (SAS) forces have established themselves as “experts in organizing mass protests, assassinations of political figures and preparing for terrorist attacks”, the agency said in a statement.
This comes after a security source told RIA Novosti earlier in the day that at least two groups of British military personnel had arrived at a Ukrainian air base in the city of Brody in the Lviv region. They traveled all the way from “the city of Hereford in the UK, where SAS is headquartered,” said the source.
Each group is said to consist of 8 to 10 officers, specializing in sabotage, guerrilla warfare and recruiting agents to work in hostile territory. SAS experts are considered some of the best in the world in these fields, according to the source.
‘These are no ordinary special forces. They are intellectuals. In every group there is always an ideologue – a kind of professor – and the rest are experts in their specific field.” he explained.
When deployed in conflict zones, SAS sabotage teams usually operate under the guise of medical or humanitarian aid workers, including the White Helmets group, which the source said was active during the Syrian conflict.
“It is very likely that these specialists have arrived to improve the skills and efficiency of the Ukrainian special forces in coordinating the activities of their sabotage groups in the Ukrainian areas currently controlled by the Russian armed forces,” he said.
The UK was one of Ukraine’s main lenders and arms suppliers during the ongoing conflict with Russia. London has sent weapons ranging from anti-tank and anti-aircraft missile systems to armored vehicles to Kiev. 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 forces were also in Kiev training their Ukrainian counterparts to use UK NLAW’s shoulder-fired 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 trained Kiev’s armed forces in Poland to use anti-aircraft equipment, he added.
On Friday, the British Prime Minister acknowledged that there is a… “realistic possibility” Russia achieves military victory in Ukraine and urges to step up arms supplies to Kiev.
Moscow has repeatedly condemned arms supplies to Kiev sent by NATO countries, saying they only destabilize the situation on the ground and hinder the prospects for peace. It also insists that Western convoys will become legitimate targets for Russian forces once they enter Ukrainian territory.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February after Ukraine failed 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. The German and French mediation protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself as a neutral country that will never join NATO’s US-led military bloc. Kiev maintains that the Russian offensive was unprovoked and denies that it intended to retake the two republics by force.
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