By Caribbean News Global
LONDON, England – In a press release Saturday, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office reiterated its position on Ukraine stating: “ We unequivocally support its sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, including Crimea. Ukraine is an independent, sovereign country.”
Foreign secretary Elizabeth Truss, said: “The information being released today shines a light on the extent of Russian activity designed to subvert Ukraine, and is an insight into Kremlin thinking. Russia must de-escalate, end its campaigns of aggression and disinformation, and pursue a path of diplomacy. As the UK and our partners have said repeatedly, any Russian military incursion into Ukraine would be a massive strategic mistake with severe costs.”
The following is a statement from foreign secretary Truss on Kremlin plan to install pro-Russian leadership in Ukraine:
“We have information that indicates the Russian government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine. The former Ukrainian MP Yevhen Murayev is being considered as a potential candidate.
“We have information that the Russian intelligence services maintain links with numerous former Ukrainian politicians including:
- Serhiy Arbuzov, first deputy prime minister of Ukraine from 2012-2014, and acting prime minister in 2014:
- Andriy Kluyev, first deputy prime minister from 2010-2012 and chief of staff to former Ukrainian president Yanukovich:
- Vladimir Sivkovich, former deputy head of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council (RNBO):
- Mykola Azarov, prime minister of Ukraine from 2010-2014.
“Some of these have contact with Russian intelligence officers currently involved in the planning for an attack on Ukraine.”