Putin’s army of saboteurs ‘could infiltrate UK to attack key targets’ in revenge for Ukraine support, ministers warned

Britain’s security services were on high alert on Saturday amid fears that Putin’s army of saboteurs “could infiltrate the UK to attack key targets”, he said.

Senior officials from MI5 – the UK’s counterintelligence and domestic security agency – reportedly alerted Home Secretary Priti Patel and her team of the high-level threat from Russia.

There are fears that Vladimir Putin 'sends saboteurs to the UK' in retaliation for his involvement in Ukraine

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There are fears that Vladimir Putin ‘sends saboteurs to the UK’ in retaliation for his involvement in Ukrainecredit: Reuters
MI5 warned the British government about the new threat to the UK

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MI5 warned the British government about the new threat to the UKcredit: alamy
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is believed to have been briefed on the growing threat that could result from the Russian FSB intelligence service.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is believed to have been briefed on the growing threat that could result from the Russian FSB intelligence service.Credit: Getty

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chief of Staff Steve Barclay were also briefed on the growing threat to UK security that could result from Russia’s intelligence service, the FSB.

Fears have now forced the agency’s special branch to increase monitoring of all travelers to Britain, sources told the Sunday Express.

While GCHQ spies – who provide support and guidance to make the UK safe – are in touch with European allies amid the new fears, the paper said.

The paper says the Kremlin’s new plans are retaliation for Britain’s relentless support for Ukraine after Russia’s invasion.

Threats to the UK can range from “denied” attacks on vital infrastructure to operations “intended to humiliate the British government”.

Kremlin operatives have also been tasked with curbing public support for the UK government’s heroic efforts, which are helping Ukraine fight Putin’s butchers.

Such efforts include sending over 10,000 NLAW anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, which have proven invaluable in containing Mad Vlad’s invading forces.

Ukrainian troops hailed the lethal British donations as “beautiful” and thanked the Queen for the “gifts”.

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While the British Starstreak high-speed missile system was also seen wreaking havoc on Russian forces.

Responding to concerns of what is to come, a security source told the Sunday Express that Russia can now infiltrate the UK and launch attacks.

They said: “There is serious concern that officers or agents linked to Russian security services could try to enter the UK and attack strategic locations.

“We are well aware of their capabilities and have seen how Putin is using these agencies in Eastern Europe.”

Ed Johnson, head of global intelligence at strategic risk group Sibylline, told the paper that saboteurs see Britain as a “number one target” and “will aim to sow chaos, panic or mistrust in the government”.

He said this could range from “bringing down a substation and amplifying the effect through a cyber attack” to bringing “hard currency to Britain to fund separatist organisations”.

MPs, agents and officials may also be targets for funding, while Russian agents may even be tasked with releasing “embarrassing documents”.

He said the Russian FSB intelligence service “now has a lot to prove” after providing poor quality pre-invasion intelligence that led to the catastrophic miscalculation of Russia’s Ukrainian resistance.

TROLL ATTACKS

The allegations follow a massive new disinformation campaign launched by Russia that threatens to further destabilize Britain.

Legions of sinister online Russian trolls are expected to amplify prevalent social media accounts that are “sympathetic” to Russia and its invasion of Ukraine.

It has been claimed that trolls will do this by increasing followers and sharing their content – always keeping to the rules of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

This comes as British government-funded research suggests that a wave of recent cyberattacks is likely linked to troll farms in St Petersburg.

We cannot allow the Kremlin and its shadowy troll farms to invade our online spaces with lies about Putin’s war.

Liz Truss, Secretary of Foreign Affairs

The Foreign Ministry believes that one facility – located in a former factory – is financed by Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as ‘Putin’s Chef’.

Prigozhin is the founder of the Russian bot-farm, the Internet Research Agency.

A source close to the survey told The Telegraph that on 23 occasions the factory ordered its trolls to the Twitter and Instagram accounts of politicians such as Boris Johnson and Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, along with British news sites, were also targeted.

After the findings were announced, Truss said: “We cannot allow the Kremlin and its shadowy troll farms to invade our online spaces with lies about Putin’s war.”

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She added how the government will continue to “work closely with allies and media platforms to undermine Russian information operations.”

Sun Online has reached out to the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.

Spooks at GCHQ are in touch with European allies amid new fears

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Spooks at GCHQ are in touch with European allies amid new fearsCredit: Getty
Senior MI5 officials allegedly briefed Home Secretary Priti Patel and her team about the high-level threat to nations' security.

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Senior MI5 officials allegedly briefed Home Secretary Priti Patel and her team about the high-level threat to nations’ security.Credit: Getty
Liz Truss said: “We cannot allow the Kremlin and its shadowy troll farms to invade our online spaces with lies about Putin's war."

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Liz Truss said: “We cannot allow the Kremlin and its shadowy troll farms to invade our online spaces with lies about Putin’s war.”credit: Reuters

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