Ukraine daddy’s army trains with fake guns as Putin’s 100,000 men crowd border
Who do you think you’re kidding Mr. Putin? Daddy’s Ukrainian army trains with fake wooden guns as 100,000 Russian force masses on border
- Yesterday, volunteers from the Kiev Territorial Defense Unit trained with fake weapons
- Meanwhile, Moscow has stationed more than 100,000 troops near the border
- Yesterday Foreign Secretary Liz Truss called on Russia to ‘end its aggression’
Members of Ukraine’s Territorial Army were pictured training with wooden rifles yesterday – as the might of the Russian army massed on their border.
Volunteers from Kyiv’s Territorial Defense Unit trained in an industrial zone in the country’s capital as Foreign Minister Liz Truss called on Russia to “stop its aggression”.
His plea comes amid growing tensions in the region after Moscow stationed more than 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border.
Preparing for battle: Territorial Army volunteers trained with wooden rifles in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv
Yesterday Ms Truss tweeted: ‘Russia is waging a campaign of disinformation designed to destabilize and justify an invasion of its sovereign neighbour, Ukraine.’
“Russia must end its aggression, de-escalate and engage in meaningful talks.” She added the hashtag “Stand with Ukraine”.
On Friday, the United States said it had information that Russia was planning a “false flag” operation by sending troops into Ukraine who would commit acts of sabotage against their own forces as a pretext for war.
“Agents are trained in urban warfare and the use of explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russian proxy forces,” an official said.
Getting ready: Ukrainian soldiers fire an anti-tank missile during a military exercise this week as the country prepares for a possible invasion
US national security adviser Jake Sullivan suggested that Russia used the same strategy when it occupied Crimea in 2014.
But the Russian Embassy in Washington angrily dismissed the allegations, saying: “As usual, there is no evidence.” Despite the refusal, Russia continued its live-fire exercises.
Ukraine also accused Russia of being behind a massive cyberattack on dozens of official sites on Friday.
Firepower: Russian troops test tank weapons that can be used in Ukraine
Russian hackers are said to have left threatening messages on government websites.
Tensions remain high despite a week of diplomatic talks. Russian demands for a veto on former Soviet states joining NATO and a withdrawal of Western troops from Eastern Europe have been rejected by the United Kingdom and the United States.
Tobias Ellwood, Conservative chairman of the Commons Defense Committee, suggested that President Vladimir Putin had “negotiated into a corner” and that an invasion of Ukraine was “inevitable and imminent”.
Yesterday the Daily Mail revealed that RAF spy planes had started surveillance flights in the area to monitor Russian troop movements.