The UK said on Saturday it had information that Moscow was “trying to establish a pro-Russian leader in Kiev”., At the same time increasing fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. London says it has found evidence that several former Ukrainian politicians have links to Russian intelligence services Former Vice Evgen Murayev He was considered a potential leader.
Some of those in contact with Russian intelligence officials are “currently involved in planning an attack on Ukraine.”According to a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Although he did not give further details about the tests.
A U.S. official said the plot was “deeply concerned.”
The allegations come at the end of a week of intense international diplomacy, which ended with top ambassadors Anthony Blinken and Sergei Lavrov from Washington and Moscow agreeing to continue working to defuse tensions.
Tens of thousands of Russian troops are currently stationed on the Ukrainian border, with an arsenal of tanks, war vehicles, artillery and missiles.
Muraev, who was appointed by London, lost his seat in the Ukrainian parliament in the 2019 election because his party did not get 5% of the vote. He is seen as the owner of the Ukrainian television channel “Nash”, which the regulators want. Since last year, he has been shut down for allegedly airing a pro-Russian campaign.
The other four politicians referred to in the UK Mykola Azarov, Sergei Arbusov, Andrei Gluev and Volodymyr Sivkovich.
Azharov was prime minister for pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych. The two fled Kiev to Russia after the 2014 uprising in Ukraine. It overthrew the government, which rejected pressure to bring the country closer to the West.
Shivkovich, the former deputy secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Security Council, was released by the United States this week. He is said to have worked with Russian intelligence.
Both Arbusov and Gluev were deputy prime ministers under Yanukovych.
“The information released today highlights the scale of Russia’s actions aimed at overthrowing Ukraine, and is an expression of the Kremlin’s thinking,” said Foreign Minister Lis Truss. “Russia must reduce its aggression, end its aggression and misinformation campaigns, and pursue a more diplomatic path.”
In Washington, D.C., Emily Horn, a spokeswoman for the U.S. National Security Council, said: “This kind of conspiracy is very worrying.. “The Ukrainian people have a sovereign right to determine their own future. We stand with our democratically elected partners in Ukraine.”
The allegations come just hours after senior British defense sources said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had accepted an invitation to meet with his British counterpart, Defense Minister Ben Wallace, to discuss the crisis. “Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has offered to meet in Moscow, as the last security bilateral meeting between our two countries took place in London in 2013,” the source said.
Ukraine “will fight
Fears of a Russian invasion have been mounting for months, and a White House spokesman said Tuesday that they now believe the attack could come “at any time.” Some military experts believe that Kiev’s small forces – although rapidly modernizing – could prevent the Russian invasion.
But Truss warned on Friday that there was a risk of being dragged further into the “terrible pit” if Moscow invaded. “The Ukrainians will fight this,” he warned.
Russia has been putting pressure on Ukraine since the 2014 uprising, with Moscow seizing the Crimean peninsula in 2014, and a few weeks later a pro-Russian uprising erupted in eastern Ukraine, killing more than 13,000 people.
Britain is also one of the few Western nations rushing to supply Ukraine with deadly weapons such as anti-tank missiles, dramatically raising the possibility of Russia’s casualties.
But on Saturday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dimitrov Kuleba condemned Germany’s refusal to supply arms to Kiev, urging it to “encourage Vladimir Putin” to stop “undermining unity” in Berlin.
The German naval chief later resigned following controversial statements about the crisis, A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said on Saturday. Kay-Achim Schoenbach called the idea that Russia wants to invade Ukraine “nonsense” and said Putin was respectful at a think tank meeting in New Delhi on Friday.
The British Foreign Office on Saturday updated travel recommendations for Ukraine in light of the current crisis. The department now advises against all trips to Donetsk Oblast, Luhansk Oblast and the Crimea. It advises against all but essential travel to other parts of Ukraine and advises British citizens to register their presence in the country.
(With information from AFP)