Skip to main content may receive compensation from affiliate partners for some links on the site. Read our full Disclosure here.

British Volunteers Blamed for Airstrike That Killed 35 at Ukrainian Military Base


British volunteers were blamed for a missile strike that killed 35 people at a Ukrainian training facility.

Their phone signals reportedly gave away the facility’s location and may have triggered the deadly airstrike on the military base.

Trending: Devin Nunes: The Durham/Sussmann Trial Could “Bring Down the Entire DNC”

“Between 12 to 14 British phone numbers starting with the +44 national dialling code were visible to surveillance equipment a short time before the Russian missile strike on the Yavoriv training facility in western Ukraine on the 13th of March,” reports Breitbart.

Mercenaries who were contracted by the Wagner Group, a military company linked to Moscow, may have been operating nearby at the time of the strike, according to reports, and specialists fear they would have been able to pick up, locate, and target a concentrated group of British mobile phone signals and pass the information to Russian forces.

Russia is believed to have access to phone numbers associated with British armed forces personnel including special forces veterans due to espionage and hacking efforts in the past, The Telegraph reports.

The newspaper, which is close to Boris Johnson’s government, also claimed that a source told them there was potentially “a mole placed in the unit [on the Yavoriv base] who was seen running from the camp around 30 minutes before the attack, with a laptop and kit.”

This has not been verified, however.

While some foreign volunteers reportedly have military experience, other inexperienced foreign civilians were turned away after being classified as a “liability.”

Yahoo News added further details:

Many of the British men who have volunteered to join the resistance against Vladimir Putin’s invasion formerly served with these units, meaning their numbers would immediately set off alarm bells in the Kremlin if spotted connecting to a Ukrainian phone network.

A source said: “As soon as Moscow got any whiff of possible British presence on the base, they would have immediately ordered a strike.”

NATIONAL POLL: Is CNN The Enemy Of The People?

The attack on the base, one of Putin’s furthest forays west in the three-week-old war, lays bare the risks facing British recruits if they travel into the war zone, particularly if they fail to exercise caution with their electronic devices.

There is also concern that the burgeoning volunteer force that responded to the call to arms of Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, has been easily infiltrated by Russian spies.

“There was potentially a mole placed in the unit (on the Yavoriv base) who was seen running from the camp around 30 minutes before the attack, with a laptop and kit,” a source said.

British volunteers who, by a stroke of fortune, left the base just hours before the attack told the Telegraph earlier this week that they were alarmed at the chaotic nature of the operation to prepare foreign recruits.

Carl Walsh, from the Rhondda Valley in Wales and Ollie Funnell, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, claimed they received assurances in advance from Ukrainian officials that they could join the international brigade as medics.

However, the men arrived at the base to be told they would instead be sent to fight in the battle of Kyiv after just 48 hours of training – even if they did not have a military background.


Join the conversation!

Please share your thoughts about this article below. We value your opinions, and would love to see you add to the discussion!

Thanks for sharing!