RUSSIA has warned Britain is “too deep” in the Ukraine war after accusing Britain of leading a strike against Vladimir Putin’s warships.
Diplomat Andrei Kelin has claimed he has “evidence” that the Royal Navy directed a drone attack on the port of Sevastopol in occupied Crimea, home of the Black Sea Fleet.
He warned it risked a “dangerous” escalation of the crisis and said he had passed the “proof” to his British counterpart – and claimed it would be made public “soon”.
Mr Kelin told Sky News: “We are well aware of (the) involvement of British specialists in (the) training, preparation and execution of force against Russian infrastructure and the Russian fleet in the Black Sea.”
The Russian ambassador to the UK warned that the situation was “getting more and more dangerous” as he claimed the UK was “too deeply involved in this conflict”.
He added: “It’s dangerous because it escalates the situation.
“It can take us to the limit, I would say no return, a return is always possible.
“But we should still avoid an escalation.”
The British Ambassador to Moscow, Deborah Bronnert, had previously been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the allegations.
Over the weekend, three Russian warships were reportedly damaged in a major drone attack on Sevastopol, including the flagship HMS Makarov.
The footage shows an explosion lighting up the night sky and a helicopter destroying what was believed to be an underwater kamikaze drone.
Moscow claimed a team of “British specialists” led the strike, which was largely repelled by Russian forces, with minor damage to a Russian minesweeper.
Russia’s Defense Ministry also wildly accused the UK of blowing up the Nord Stream gas pipelines – which Mr Kelin said Russia will also investigate further.
But the attacks on pipelines in late September largely came from Russia.
The UK Ministry of Defense has insisted the allegations are false and “intended to distract from Russian military failures in Ukraine”.
A government spokesman said: “We do not intend to comment on these allegations on an ongoing basis; It’s no secret that the UK has publicly taken the lead in our support for Ukraine – this has been going on since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.”
It comes as the humiliated Putin continues to suffer major setbacks in Ukraine after arrogantly believing he could invade and take the country within days.
Ukraine claimed on Sunday that Russia suffered its deadliest day on the frontline yet after nearly 1,000 soldiers were killed in just 24 hours.
This brings the total number of Russian soldiers slaughtered to 71,200.
Kyiv also claimed to have successfully wiped out 52 armored personnel carriers, 13 tanks and one cruise missile on the same day.
Last month, the Russian President announced his country’s partial mobilization, calling out at least 300,000 troops.
Putin then said he would gladly sacrifice 20 million soldiers to ensure he could win in Ukraine and secure his future in the Kremlin.
And he’s now resorting to desperate measures to try and keep victory within reach.
Russia this week continued its brutal bombing campaign across Ukraine, targeting Kyiv and other key cities, while shutting down power across the country.
Meanwhile, Putin’s troops appear to be fleeing Ukraine’s key city of Kherson by the thousands after being warned to “retire or die.”
A Russian flag has been removed from an administration building while troops have fled across the Dnipro River in a major blow to Putin’s already chaotic invasion.
The Russian flag was removed in the occupied city this morning, signaling a withdrawal of Putin’s troops.
The picture was shared by a pro-Kremlin Telegram channel with the caption: “I drove to the building of the former Kherson region government; I confirm that there is none [Russian] flag above it.”
However, the reporter who shared the image claimed the flags on other nearby buildings are still there.
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