Russian mercenaries work in Ukraine, connect with intelligence agencies = Western security sources | Reuters

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[London, 14th Reuters]-Russian mercenaries linked to Russian intelligence have been active in Ukraine in recent weeks, with Russia invading some North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states. There is growing concern that they may be trying to make an excuse for. Three senior Western security officials have revealed to Reuters.

On February 14, Russian mercenaries linked to Russian intelligence have been active in Ukraine in recent weeks, with Russia as an excuse to invade some North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states. There is growing concern that they may be trying to make. The photo is the Ukrainian flag. Taken in Kiev in March 2016 (2022 Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko)

Concerns have been heightened in recent weeks that cyber-attacks on critical Ukrainian infrastructure, such as information warfare and power and gas networks, may take place before Russia invades Ukraine, officials said.

Russia could use mercenaries to cause discord and assassinate targets and use special weapons to overwhelm Ukraine.

The United States warned again on the 13th that Russia may develop a “false flag operation” (an operation performed by pretending to be an enemy) to justify the invasion.

“Russian mercenaries are likely to be involved in hostilities in Ukraine under the direction of the Ukrainian government, which could be an excuse for invasion,” said one Western source.

According to people familiar with the matter, the mercenaries are the Russian private sector, which has close ties to the former Soviet Union’s National Security Commission (KGB)’s main successor, the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the GRU. Dispatched from a military company.

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Mercenaries dispatched in recent weeks include a former GRU official who has also worked for the private military company Wagner, who has been effectively dominated by pro-Russian separatists since 2014. It is said that he headed to Donetsk in the eastern part of Ukraine.

Reuters has not been able to confirm what mission this person was tasked with. Wagner’s comment has not been obtained either.

The Presidential Administration of Russia told Reuters yesterday that Russia has not strengthened its presence in Ukrainian territory and that Russian troops have never been and are not in Ukrainian territory.

The Russian Defense Ministry declined to comment on a written question regarding the allegations of Western sources on the 11th.

Russian mercenary companies have provided weapons, special operations personnel, and military training to pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine, according to people familiar with the matter.

Some Wagner operatives are said to have been sent to the Ukrainian border after being trained at a GRU base near Krasnodar in southern Russia.

Reuters has not been able to independently verify information about the activities of mercenaries in eastern Ukraine.

Other Russian mercenary companies linked to the FSB and GRU have also been active in Ukraine earlier this year, according to people familiar with the matter.

U.S. officials have told Reuters that Russia could use mercenaries, special operations forces, and other gray zone tactics to undermine the legitimacy of the Ukrainian government prior to the invasion. I’m vigilant.

The U.S. Department of Defense told Reuters this month’s comment that Russia is trying to make up an excuse for the invasion.

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