The Russian Ministry of Defense has made an unusual and unproven claim that it has killed seven “super British fighters” in Ukraine.
The ministry’s TV channel showed footage of trench fighting said to be in Ukraine and testimony of Russian soldiers, but there is no conclusive evidence for the allegations.
The so-called British “mercenaries” were “twice the size” of Vladimir Putin’s fighters.
“In a battle for a redoubt, Russian soldiers destroyed a group of British mercenaries,” Zvezda channel claimed. “A six-man assault team from the Central Military District (CMD) stormed an enemy stronghold.”
‘It was unexpected for them,’ said a fighter, whose face was largely covered.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has made an unusual and unproven claim that it has killed seven “super British fighters” in Ukraine. Pictured: a video released by the ministry
The alleged British “mercenaries” were “twice the size” of Vladimir Putin’s fighters, according to Russian fighters seen speaking in the video released by the Russian Defense Ministry.
We have emerged from the direction they did not expect. We were crawling against their positions along the minefield. We threw grenades at them.
He claimed: ‘They all have British chevrons. They were taller and bigger than us. One of the men was twice my size.
“Almost all of them, all seven of them, were really big.”
The Russians portrayed themselves as heroes for using their limited stock of ammunition to kill larger, more heavily armed enemies.
However, no direct evidence was initially presented of the British combatants allegedly killed.
The channel claimed that Russian reconnaissance personnel detected, using drones, the locations of Ukrainian fortified sites in a forested area.
Subsequently, they boast that the soldiers of the assault squad, under the cover of fire from tanks, crossed more than 500 yards of mined terrain and crawled to the enemy positions, where a fierce battle ensued.
Footage captured by a drone showed enemy forces exchanging fire and explosions from trenches in which grenades were thrown.
Heavy fighting witnesses bullets falling on the banks of the trench and the loss of the defending Ukrainian forces.
Pictured: An aerial view of the trench battle in which Russia claims seven British soldiers were involved. An explosion was seen coming from a trench into which a grenade had been thrown
Pictured: An aerial view of the trench battle in which Russia claimed British soldiers were involved. Two Russian soldiers were seen crawling on the ground near the trench
The Russians (pictured) portrayed themselves as heroes for using their limited stock of ammunition to kill larger, more well-armed enemies.
Russian soldiers are shown creeping towards the trench while a Ukrainian soldier holds his position, before he is finally knocked down by an explosion.
The Russian version of events has been in dispute, with Ukrainian blogger Anatoly Sharyi, a pro-Kremlin blogger, saying that the Russian video does not show “mercenaries”.
“There were ordinary fighters from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and it is strange to imagine that all seven soldiers on the site were British,” he said, challenging Russia to release evidence of their allegations.
He asked: “If they were British – show their documents.” Russia claimed they were British on the grounds of being “healthy” and “taller than us, and bigger than us”. The chevrons were not displayed on their uniforms.
Mocking the claim, Sharey said: “I think if they’re healthy, they’re Dutch, not Britons. Or Vikings and Scythians.”
Russia has long claimed that Western militants, including regular forces, are operating in Ukraine as it parrots the narrative of the war that Putin’s forces are now waging against the rallying ranks of NATO.
This helps officials in Moscow in their efforts to portray Putin’s invasion as an existential battle for Russia against the West.
Kiev and its Western allies say the war is nothing more than an imperialist land grab, an attempt to wipe out a sovereign state.
Last week, classified US intelligence documents that appeared in an online leak showed that 50 British Special Forces were operating in Ukraine.
The British Ministry of Defense denied these reports, and warned against taking the allegations contained in the reported leak of classified information “at face value”.
Pictured: An explosion seen amidst the Battle of the Trench in drone footage released by Russia
Pictured: Ukrainian soldiers return from heavy fighting amid Russia’s offensive into Ukraine, near Pakhmut, Ukraine, April 15.
“The widely reported leak of alleged classified US information demonstrated a dangerous level of inaccuracy,” the Department of Defense said, in a post on Twitter.
The documents did not mention in what capacity British special forces were supposed to be operating in Ukraine.
The former head of the Royal Marines, Lieutenant-General Robert Magowan, confirmed in December that British commandos had already been deployed twice to Ukraine in 2022 – first in January to evacuate the British Embassy in Kiev, and again in April to provide protection for critical cases. Personnel Affairs’.
Lieutenant General Magowan said the personnel served in Ukraine with “a high degree of political and military risk”.