The Russian investigative committee is investigating whether the British SAS was hiding in Ukraine. It comes as Britons Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin are currently being held after siding with Kyiv
Russia has launched a formal investigation after claims British SAS heroes were secretly on the ground in war-torn Ukraine.
The investigative committee [IC] has announced it will investigate the alleged role of “sabotage” experts operating covertly in the besieged country.
Russia has warned that British “mercenaries” could be executed if they choose to remain in Ukraine to fight Putin’s troops.
Footage on social media has shown Brits Shaun Pinner, 48, and Aiden Aslin, 28, both being arrested after siding with Kyiv in Donbass.
The clip urged foreign fighters to “go home before it’s too late” and said the pair’s fate will be “in the hands of the winners”.
It has been claimed Britain is trying to fabricate a false PR story that the pair were “almost Ukrainians” serving as defenders.
“But it’s not like that,” said the video, which also claimed that the SAS was training Ukrainian forces in Kyiv.
“Russia’s investigative committee will investigate the facts about the activities of British SAS saboteurs in Ukrainian regions,” RIA Novosti news agency said.
The IC claimed that “at least two groups of sabotage and guerrilla warfare specialists were deployed to the Lviv region by the British Special Air Service (SAS).”
An IC source claimed that SAS operatives in Ukraine are “specialists in sabotage and partisan activities, recruiting and training agents to work in enemy territory.”
Russia appears to be basing its investigation on information allegedly obtained from captured Ukrainian troops.
The SAS is “regarded as one of the best skilled in the world at organizing coups, staging mass protests, assassinating political figures for hire, recruiting agents, including those in the highest echelons of power, and preparing terrorist attacks,” he told RIA -Novosti report.
“This is not an ordinary special unit – these are intellectuals, in each group there is always an ideologue, you can say a professor, and the rest are special specialists,” said a source for Russian law enforcement agencies.
The report claimed that the SAS often worked under the guise of medical personnel in war zones.
“There is a high probability that these specialists came to improve the capabilities and efficiency of Ukrainian special services in coordinating the activities of sabotage groups in Russian-held areas of Ukraine,” the IC source said.
The committee is headed by Russia’s top criminal investigator, Alexander Bastrykin, who was a classmate of Vladimir Putin.
The Times reported from Ukraine on April 16 that SAS troops have been training local forces in Kyiv for the first time since the war began.
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