Russia’s ambassador to the UK, Andrey Kelin, has warned that the UK is intervening ‘very deeply’ in the war in Ukraine, saying Britain played a role in last week’s attack on Russian warships in the Crimean city of Sevastopol.
In an interview with Sky News, Kelin said there was evidence that British special forces were involved in the Ukrainian attack on Russia’s Black Sea fleet in Crimea with an armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
He said he had handed them over to the British Ambassador, adding that they would soon be made public.
Asked to provide evidence of Russia’s claims, Kelin said:
“We are well aware of the participation of British experts in the training, preparation and implementation of acts of violence against Russian infrastructure and the Russian fleet in the Black Sea.”
Emphasizing that this situation is dangerous because it increases tensions, Kelin concluded:
“This could lead us down a path of no return. Reversal is always possible. But we should still avoid escalation. In fact, this is a warning that the UK is deeply involved in the conflict. It means that the situation is becoming increasingly dangerous.”
The UK government said the allegations were unfounded and that Russia wanted to distract attention from military failures in Ukraine.
“In recent days, Russia has made a series of allegations against the UK in an attempt to divert attention away from its illegal invasion of Ukraine, its battlefield casualties, its disregard for international law, its strikes on the civilian population and energy infrastructure, and the loss of innocent lives,” a government spokesperson said.
“We do not plan to comment on these ongoing allegations as it is no secret that the UK has publicly supported Ukraine. This has been going on since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014,” the spokesperson added.