The White House said it was “deeply concerned” about the UK government’s reputation for Russia’s attempt to replace the Ukrainian government with a pro-Russian government and said it supported the officially elected Ukrainian government.
“I’m deeply concerned about this kind of plan,” said Emily Horn, a spokesman for the US National Security Council. “Ukrainians have the sovereignty to determine their future and we work with democratically elected partners in Ukraine.”
British Foreign Minister Liz Truss statement Early Sunday: “We have information showing that the Kremlin is trying to establish a pro-Russian leader in Kiev when considering whether to invade and occupy Ukraine. increase.
“Former Ukrainian MP Yevhen Murayev is considered a potential candidate.”
Muraev is the head of a small pro-Russian pear who currently does not have a seat in the Ukrainian parliament.
The UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not provide evidence to explain the assessment.
The office also nominated four Ukrainian politicians who said they had a connection with Russian intelligence. They include Serhiy Arbuzov, Andrie Kluev, Vladimir Sibkovich, and Mykola Azarov. All of these were former Ukrainian leaders.
“Some of these are in contact with Russian intelligence personnel who are currently involved in planning an attack on Ukraine,” the British government claimed.
“The information released today sheds light on the scope of Russia’s work designed to destroy Ukraine and provides insight into the Kremlin’s thinking,” Truss said in a statement. “Russia must reduce escalations, end attacks and disinformation campaigns, and pursue diplomatic paths. As the UK and our partners have repeatedly said, Russian troops invade Ukraine. Will be a major strategic mistake with serious costs. “
The British government “clearly supports[s] [Ukraine’s] Internationally recognized intra-border sovereignty and territorial integrity, including Crimea. “
In 2014, Russian troops occupied and annexed the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine. Shortly thereafter, Russia began supporting separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine. Since then, more than 13,000 people have died in the ongoing war.
Top US and Russian Diplomats on January 21 Couldn’t make great progress They agreed to continue the negotiations, although it was a negotiation to resolve the crisis over Ukraine.
Russia has sent an estimated 100,000 troops with tanks and other heavy weapons to the northeastern border of Ukraine, threatening aggression, but denies planning an attack. increase.
The accumulation of troops and weapons is believed by the West to be a preparation for the war to prevent Ukraine from joining the NATO Western Security Alliance.
Russia recently demanded that NATO abandon its military operations in Central and Eastern Europe and promise in writing that Ukraine would not be added as a member, but member states have made such a promise. Refused to do.
Britain recently sent 2,000 anti-tank missile launchers by airlift to Ukraine with 30 elite troops to provide training to assist the Kiev government against potential Russian attacks. I did.
Several other NATO member states have also expressed support for Ukraine’s defense in various initiatives, from the provision of weapons and troops to the provision of training and financing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.