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Putin’s army of saboteurs ‘could enter UK to attack key targets’

BRITIAIN’S security services were on high alert on Saturday amid fears Putin’s army of saboteurs “could infiltrate the UK to attack key targets”, it was claimed.

Senior officers at MI5 – the UK’s domestic counter intelligence and security agency – are said to have warned Home Secretary Priti Patel and her team about the high-level threat from Russia.

There are fears Vladimir Putin will 'send saboteurs to the UK' in retaliation for its involvement in Ukraine

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There are fears Vladimir Putin will ‘send saboteurs to the UK’ in retaliation for its involvement in UkraineCredit: Reuters
MI5 warned the British Government of the new threat to the UK

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MI5 warned the British Government of the new threat to the UKCredit: Alamy
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is understood to have been told of the soaring threat which could stem from Russia's FSB intelligence service

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is understood to have been told of the soaring threat which could stem from Russia’s FSB intelligence serviceCredit: Getty

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chief of Staff Steve Barclay are also understood to have been told of the soaring threat to UK safety which could stem from Russia’s intelligence service, the FSB.

The fears have now reportedly forced the agency’s special branch to ramp up the monitoring of all travellers into Britain, sources told the Sunday Express.

While spooks at GCHQ – who provide support and guidance to make the UK safe – are reportedly liaising with European allies amid the fresh fears, the paper claimed.

The paper says the new plans from the Kremlin are in retaliation for Britain’s relentless support of Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

The threats to the UK could range from “deniable” attacks on vital infrastructure, to operations ‘intended to humiliate the British government’.

Kremlin operatives have also allegedly been tasked with reducing public support for the UK Government’s heroic efforts which are helping Ukraine fight Putin’s butchers.

Such efforts include the UK sending over 10,000 anti-tank NLAW weapons to Ukraine, which have proven invaluable in holding back Mad Vlad’s invading forces.

Ukrainian troops have hailed the lethal British donations as “beautiful” and thanked the Queen for the “gifts”.

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While the British Starstreak high-velocity missile system has also been seen wreaking havoc on Russian forces.

Addressing concerns of what is to come, a security source told the Sunday Express Russia could now infiltrate the UK and launch attacks.

They said: “There is a serious concern that officers or agents attached to Russia’s security services may attempt to enter the UK and target strategic locations.

“We are well aware of their capabilities and have seen how Putin is using these agencies in Eastern Europe.”

Ed Johnson, head of global intelligence at the Sibylline strategic risk group, told the paper saboteurs see Britain as a “number one target” and will “aim to sow chaos, panic or distrust in the Government”.

He claimed this could range from “taking down a substation and amplifying the effect through a cyber attack” to bringing “hard currency into Britain to finance separatist organisations”.

MP’s, agents and officials could also be targets for funding while Russian operatives could even be tasked with releasing “embarrassing documents”.

He said Russia’s FSB intelligence service “now has a lot to prove” after providing shoddy pre-invasion intelligence which led to Russia’s catastrophic miscalculation of Ukrainian resistance.

TROLL ATTACKS

The claims follow a massive new disinformation campaign launched by Russia which threatens to further destabilise Britain.

Legions of sinister online Russian trolls are expected to amplify prevalent social media accounts who are “sympathetic” to Russia and its invasion of Ukraine.

It has been claimed trolls will do this by boosting followers and sharing their content – all the while keeping within the rules of social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

It comes as research funded by the British Government suggests a wave of recent cyber attacks is likely linked to troll farms in St Petersburg.

We cannot allow the Kremlin and its shady troll farms to invade our online spaces with lies about Putin’s war

Liz Truss, Foreign Secretary

The Foreign Office believe one facility – located in a former factory – is funded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, aka ‘Putin’s Chef’.

Prigozhin is the founder of Russian bot-farm the Internet Research Agency.

A source close to the research told The Telegraph that on 23 occasions the factory ordered its trolls to the Twitter and Instagram accounts of politicians including Boris Johnson and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss along with British news websites were also targeted.

Following the announcement of the findings, Ms Truss said: “We cannot allow the Kremlin and its shady troll farms to invade our online spaces with lies about Putin’s war.”

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She added how the Government will continue to “work closely with allies and media platforms to undermine Russian information operations”.

The Sun Online have approached the Home Office and Foreign Office for comment.

Spooks at GCHQ are reportedly liaising with European allies amid the fresh fears

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Spooks at GCHQ are reportedly liaising with European allies amid the fresh fearsCredit: Getty
Senior officers at MI5 are alleged to have briefed Home Secretary Priti Patel and her team about the high-level threat to the nations safety

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Senior officers at MI5 are alleged to have briefed Home Secretary Priti Patel and her team about the high-level threat to the nations safetyCredit: Getty
Liz Truss said: “We cannot allow the Kremlin and its shady troll farms to invade our online spaces with lies about Putin’s war"

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Liz Truss said: “We cannot allow the Kremlin and its shady troll farms to invade our online spaces with lies about Putin’s war”Credit: Reuters



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