'Deeply Concerning,' Says White House of UK Intel Alleging Plans to Install Pro-Krelim Leader in Ukraine

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The White House has called a UK government assessment that Russia is seeking to replace Ukraine’s government with a pro-Russian administration “deeply concerning,” and said that it stands with the duly elected Ukrainian government.

“This kind of plotting is deeply concerning,” said U. S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne. “The Ukrainian people have the sovereign right to determine their own future, and we stand with our democratically-elected partners in Ukraine.”

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement in the early hours of Sunday: “We have information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine.

“The former Ukrainian MP Yevhen Murayev is being considered as a potential candidate.”

Murayev is head of the small pro-Russian party Nashi, which currently holds no seats in Ukraine’s parliament.

The British foreign ministry did not provide evidence to explain its assessment.

The office also named four Ukrainian politicians it said has links with the Russian intelligence services. They include Serhiy Arbuzov, Andriy Kluyev, Vladimir Sivkovich, and Mykola Azarov, who all formerly served in Ukraine’s leadership.

“Some of these have contact with Russian intelligence officers currently involved in the planning for an attack on Ukraine,” the UK government alleged of the individuals.

“The information being released today shines a light on the extent of Russian activity designed to subvert Ukraine, and is an insight into Kremlin thinking,” Truss said in a statement. “Russia must de-escalate, end its campaigns o... (Read more)