Russia accused by Foreign Office of plotting to install pro-Kremlin leader to head Ukraine's government

The claims came as Boris Johnson cautioned against being 'naive' when dealing with President Vladimir Putin following weeks of dialogue between Russia and Western allies to try to resolve the crisis over Ukraine and wider European security.

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Russia has been accused by the Foreign Office of plotting to install a pro-Kremlin leader to head Ukraine's govt. Our correspondent DiMagnaySky says the release of this report does raise many questions. 馃摵 Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233 and YouTube

The claims came as Boris Johnson cautioned against being 'naive' when dealing with President Vladimir Putin following weeks of dialogue between Russia and Western allies to try to resolve the crisis over Ukraine and wider European security.

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Spreaker Sky News understands that Britain's spy agencies are being encouraged to do more with what they know at a time when information can be a powerful tool to expose the schemes of an opponent. Ms Truss added in the statement:"Russia must de-escalate, end its campaigns of aggression and disinformation, and pursue a path of diplomacy. As the UK and our partners have said repeatedly, any Russian military incursion into Ukraine would be a massive strategic mistake with severe costs." Conflict playing out in the 'grey zone' of warfare Information is being used as a tactic by both sides to undermine the other or gain an advantage as tensions between Russia and Western allies mount over Ukraine. Image: Russia has sparked concern that it may be planning an invasion It is a form of virtual conflict that takes place in a grey zone under the threshold of war. The Foreign Office statement named the former Ukrainian MP who it alleged was being considered by Russia as a potential future Ukrainian leader as Yevhen Murayev. It was not immediately possible to get a response from Mr Murayev to the claim. The former politician lost his seat in the Ukrainian parliament when his party failed to secure 5% of the vote in elections in 2019. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:38 Truss warns Putin over Ukraine He has reportedly spoken out in the past in support of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. PM expected to increase pressure on Kremlin The Foreign Office also named former Ukrainian politicians that Russian spies allegedly maintained contact with as Serhiy Arbuzov, an acting prime minister in 2014, Mykola Azarov, a former prime minister, Andriy Kluyev, chief of staff to Mr Yanukovich and Vladimir Sivkovich, a former deputy head of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council. Mr Sivkovich was called out earlier in the week by the US government, which also accused the Russian government of influence operations to destabilise Ukraine. The US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on a total of four Ukrainian officials, with Antony Blinken, the secretary of state, accusing them of being at the heart of an effort that began in 2020"to degrade the ability of the Ukrainian state to independently function". Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:32 US: 'Severe response' if Russia invades Ukraine The UK allegations emerged as Mr Johnson was expected to increase pressure on Russia this week, with Whitehall departments preparing to stand-up specialist counter-disinformation cells. This kind of activity also happened in the wake of the Novichok nerve agent attack against a former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter in Salisbury in 2018. The UK blamed Russia for the attempted double murder - an allegation that Moscow denied. Russian media then amplified the denials as well as baseless, counter-allegations that the UK was to blame. The UK government's disinformation effort was focused on calling out the false Russian narratives and amplifying official British messages. Related Topics