British special forces operating in Ukraine, leaked files show

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Britain has deployed up to 50 special forces personnel to Ukraine, allegedly leaked US military documents have suggested. However, the Ministry of Defence has urged caution when assessing the accuracy of the information, warning of “a serious level of inaccuracy”.

US officials have so far declined to comment on the tranche of papers, which bear known top-secret markings – but they suggest more than half of all the special forces present in Ukraine between February and March 2023 may have been from the UK.

There are no details about what missions British personnel have been involved in, or whether they are still in the country.

Britain’s elite military forces consist of numerous units, including the Special Air Service (SAS).

There has been no confirmation by the UK Government about whether any of these has been active in Ukraine following Vladimir Putin’s invasion on February 24.

However, in June 2021, the UK embassy in Kyiv did confirm its special forces have participated in training activities with Ukrainian forces. has not seen the documents in question, which were shared on Discord, an online platform popular with gamers.

Some of the files appeared to have been doctored – but several US media outlets including the New York Times have cited intelligence officials as confirming many are genuine.

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The MoD has declined to offer any details, saying: “It is a longstanding policy of the MoD not to comment on special forces.”

However, a subsequent statement added: “The widely reported leak of alleged classified US information has demonstrated a serious level of inaccuracy.

“Readers should be cautious about taking at face value allegations that have the potential to spread disinformation.”

The leaks present a “very serious” risk to national security, and senior leaders are quickly taking steps to mitigate the damage, a top Pentagon spokesman said yesterday.

Also speaking yesterday, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, asked if the US was bracing for more online releases, said: “The truth and the honest answer to your question is: We don’t know

“And is that a matter of concern to us? You’re darn right it is.

“We don’t know who’s behind this, we don’t know what the motive is.”

The documents suggest Latvia (17), France (15), the US (14) and the Netherlands (1) also have operatives in Ukraine.

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