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Putin accuses ‘British SAS troops of posing as MEDICS’ on ground in Ukraine

VLADIMIR Putin has accused elite British SAS troops of potentially posing as MEDICS to carry out “sabotage and guerrilla warfare” in Ukraine.

Russia’s top state investigative body has said it is looking into reports claiming Brit special forces have been deployed to western Ukraine.

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Destruction in the besieged city of Mariupol as Putin’s war rages onCredit: Reuters
Putin has launched a searched for SAS troops allegedly deployed in western Ukraine

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Putin has launched a searched for SAS troops allegedly deployed in western UkraineCredit: Alamy

The Special Air Service is an elite military force trained to conduct special operations, surveillance and counter-terrorism.

According to Russian security sources, about 20 SAS members have been sent out to the Lviv region, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reports.

In a statement, Moscow’s Investigative Committee (IC) said it would follow up the report that they had been sent in “to assist the Ukrainian special services in organising sabotage on the territory of Ukraine”.

It claimed that “at least two groups of specialists in sabotage and guerrilla warfare from the British Special Air Service (SAS) have been sent to the Lviv region”.

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The RIA Novosti news agency claims the SAS often work in war zones under cover as medical workers.

An IC source said: “With a high degree of probability, these specialists arrived in order to improve the skills and efficiency of the Ukrainian special services in coordinating the activities of sabotage groups in the territories of Ukraine controlled by Russian troops.”

Putin’s personal CIA said it will look into “the facts of the activities of British SAS saboteurs in Ukrainian regions”, according to the state-controlled outlet.

A spokesperson for the British Ministry of Defence said: “We do not comment on Special Forces.”

Britain said it sent military trainers to Ukraine earlier this year to instruct local forces in using anti-tank weapons.

But the British government said on February 17 – a week before Russia’s invasion – that it had pulled out all troops except those needed to protect its ambassador.

It is not clear what steps Russia’s top state investigative body plans to take in response to any SAS involvement in Ukraine.

But the fact of the investigation into the possible presence of forces from a NATO country is significant, given that Russia has issued warnings to the West not to get in the way of its “special military operation” in Ukraine. 

It comes after a bloated Putin was seen gripping a table as he slouched and tapped his foot continuously during a meeting with his defence chief – fuelling rumours he has Parkinson’s.

The ageing autocrat appeared “feeble and barely able to hold himself upright” as he sat opposite Sergei Shoigu as he gave orders regarding the siege of Mariupol.

It has long been suspected that Putin has a secret health battle – with theories ranging from cancer to Parkinson’s.

And this latest appearance was one of most shocking yet as he didn’t radiate any of his usual strongman bravado.

Putin looked dishevelled, in pain and distracted as he told Shoigu to block the Azovstal steel plant, where more than 1000 brave Ukrainian defenders and civilians are holed up, “so that a fly can’t get in”.

Meanwhile, claims from Moscow’s military that Russia is preparing to deploy its devastating intercontinental ballistic missile, dubbed ‘Satan 2’, by this autumn.

Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Roscosmos space agency, revealed the Kremlin’s ambitious target to launch the Sarmat ICBM only days after Russia test-launched the missile.

The deadly projectile, nicknamed Satan 2, can fly 11,000 miles, carry more than 12 warheads and has the potential to destroy an area the size of the United Kingdom.

Rogozin said a unit is to be deployed to Uzhur, around 1,800 miles east of Moscow, with the Satan-2 later this year, according to the state-run Tass news agency.

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Russia successfully test-launched the missile on Wednesday with video showing the enormous 115-foot missile being launched from an underground silo, triggering an enormous fireball.

It travelled almost the entire length of Russia – almost 3,600 miles – in around 15 minutes.

The SAS is an elite military force trained to conduct special operations, surveillance and counter-terrorism

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The SAS is an elite military force trained to conduct special operations, surveillance and counter-terrorismCredit: PA:Press Association



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