Ukraine LIVE: Putin launches probe into claim SAS ‘sabotage’ squad sent to destroy Russia

Putin wants to 'destroy Ukraine' says Ukraine's top prosecutor

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On Saturday, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency quoted a Russian security source as saying around 20 SAS members had been sent to the Lviv region.

The Special Air Service unit’s specialities include counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, direct action and covert reconnaissance.

In a statement, the Investigative Committee said it would follow up on the claim that they had been sent in “to assist the Ukrainian special services in organizing sabotage on the territory of Ukraine”.

However, it is unclear what steps the investigative body planned to take in response to any SAS involvement in Ukraine but Moscow has previously issued warnings to the West not to get in the way of its “special military operation” in the region.

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21,800 Russian troops ‘liquidated’ during onslaught on Ukraine

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has published new data detailing Russian losses. 

According to the findings, 21,800 troops have been “liquidated” while 873 tanks have been lost.

2238 armoured personnel vehicles have also been lost during Putin’s assault on the region.

British military trainers in Ukraine ‘pulled out’ one week before invasion began

British military trainers were in Ukraine earlier this year to instruct local forces in using anti-tank weapons.

However, the British Government said on February 17 – one week before Vladimir Putin’s assault on the country began – that it had pulled out all troops except those needed to protect its ambassador.

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