Russia lies on an ‘industrial scale’ about its ‘hybrid warfare’ as it parks tanks over its neighbours’ borders and hacks computers in the West, Ukrainian foreign minister claims
- Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin accused the Kremlin of hostile actions
- He said Russia lies on an ‘industrial scale’ about its international cyber sabotage
- His warning comes after Theresa May warned Russia Britain was aware of its acts
Larisa Brown, Defence And Security Editor For The Daily Mail
Pavlo Klimkin said the Kremlin is guilty of ‘cyber sabotage’ in his country and accused Vladimir Putin of lying about the presence of 500 tanks on his soil
The world must ‘wake up’ to the threat from Russia and understand it lies on an ‘industrial scale’, the Ukraine’s foreign minister has warned.
Wading into Britain’s row with Moscow, Pavlo Klimkin said the Kremlin is guilty of ‘cyber sabotage’ in his country and accused Vladimir Putin of lying about the presence of 500 tanks on his soil.
In exclusive comments to MailOnline, he said all countries in the free world must unite against the threat posed by the Kremlin administration.
His stark warning comes after Theresa May sparked a row with Russia by accusing the country of trying to ‘undermine free societies’ and ‘sow discord in the West’.
In a speech on Monday at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at London’s Guildhall, she addressed the Kremlin directly, saying: ‘We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed’.
Then the Russian foreign ministry responded with a tweet that read: ‘We know what YOU are doing as well. Dear Theresa, we hope, one day you will try Crimean #Massandra red wine.’
Ukraine’s foreign minister Mr Klimkin said of the row last night: ‘Russia lies on an industrial scale.
‘The world must better understand this and the nature of hybrid warfare as very clearly the British Prime Minister does.’
He added: ‘We must finally wake up and unite against this Imperialist Neo-red threat posed to the free world by the current Kremlin administration.’
The world must ‘wake up’ to the threat from Russia and Vladimir Putin (pictured today in Istra) and understand it lies on an ‘industrial scale’, the Ukraine’s foreign minister has warned
Earlier today GCHQ boss Ciaran Martin said that Russian spies tried to plunge the UK into blackout by attempting to hack into the electrical grid.
Mr Klimkin said his own country had been subjected to the ‘cyber sabotage’ of its national electricity grid at the hands of Russia.
He said his country was ‘heartened’ to hear Mrs May criticising Russia for ‘weaponizing information’ and deploying state-run media to plant fake news stories in an attempt to ‘sow discord in the west’.
But he added: ‘In addition to these tactics, Ukraine suffers other attacks such as cyber sabotage of our national electricity grid disrupting lives and industry and at worst causing death.
‘Along with the tanks and guns and meddling in elections this is the nature of Russia’s hybrid war waged on the west today.’
He added: ‘We suffer at the hard end of Russia’s hybrid war which they unleashed on the world in 2014 with the invasion Crimea and Donbas in my country.’
The stark warning comes after Theresa May (pictured today in Downing Street) sparked a row with Russia by accusing the country of trying to ‘undermine free societies’ and ‘sow discord in the West’
The conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine has so far cost over 10,000 Ukrainian lives, injured almost 25,000 and forced 1.8 million to flee their homes.
Mr Klimkin added that while in Crimea, ‘the population now live under a repressive totalitarian regime of illegal occupation’.
He said: ‘We discuss Donbas, Russia says they are not there, despite having up to 500 tanks – four times as many operational tanks as the British Army – in addition to hundreds of other heavy weapons and thousands of Russian regular troops and mercenaries.’
British troops currently stationed in the country have trained thousands of members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in how to defend against enemy attack.
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