British intelligence officials say Russia’s spy agency, the FSB, has been tasked with staging coups in major cities across Ukraine during the planned invasion. It comes as US officials say Vladimir Putin is furious with the constant leaks of top secret Russian military plans. CNN revealed that Russian military intelligence officials were overheard “complaining about their plans being exposed” during interceptions.
The CNN host said: “US officials say there are signs the strategy is working.
“In fact, the Biden administration has told us that Putin was caught off guard by some of this intelligence that came out.
“And some intelligence intercepts have seen Russian military intelligence officials grumbling about their plans being exposed.”
Earlier today, according to the Guardian, British intelligence’s assessment was that a Russian invasion would see Moscow strike first against military targets.
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Russian forces would then surround the capital Kyiv and other major cities in Ukraine, with spy operatives tasked with trying to install pro-Russian leaders.
The revelation is the latest in a series of Russian military plans leaked from Western intelligence.
It is hoped that the publication of these plots will deter or delay any real invasion.
However, no concrete evidence has been released to support the UK’s latest intelligence assessment.
British intelligence officials, according to the Guardian, say this is “a central invasion scenario” that would prevent “bloody, high-risk urban warfare”.
Also on Sunday, Joe Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for just under an hour on Sunday amid efforts to defuse the situation.
President Zelensky sought to downplay the threat of an imminent invasion and appealed for calm.
Warnings of impending war prompted US officials to evacuate embassy staff, while more than a dozen countries urged their citizens to leave Ukraine.
The Kremlin’s top foreign policy adviser, Yuri Ushakov, dismissed Western warnings of an attack, saying “the hysteria has reached its peak”.