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Ukraine cultivates sabotage agents within Russia, gives them drones to stage attacks, CNN sources say

Alleged drone attack on the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. 3 May 2023. Screenshots from the video.
Ukraine cultivates sabotage agents within Russia, gives them drones to stage attacks, CNN sources say

Ukraine has cultivated a network of agents and sympathizers inside Russia working to carry out acts of sabotage against Russian targets and has begun providing them with drones to stage attacks, multiple people familiar with US intelligence on the matter told CNN.

US officials believe that these pro-Ukrainian operatives within Russia orchestrated a drone strike on the Kremlin on 3 May, deploying the drones from within Russian territory instead of launching them from Ukraine towards Moscow, CNN says.

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According to CNN, US officials are uncertain as to the origin of the recent drone attacks, such as the one that targeted a residential neighborhood near Moscow and another strike on oil refineries in southern Russia, leaving doubts about whether these incidents were launched from within Russia or conducted by the same network of pro-Ukrainian agents.

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US officials, however, believe Ukraine has established sabotage cells within Russia comprising individuals sympathetic to the Ukrainian cause and skilled in this form of warfare, while Ukraine provided them with Ukrainian-made drones. Two US officials told CNN that there is no evidence to suggest that any of the drone strikes were carried out using US-supplied drones.

“Officials could not say conclusively how Ukraine has managed to get the drones behind enemy lines, but two of the sources told CNN that it has established well-practiced smuggling routes that could be used to send drones or drone components into Russia where they could then be assembled,” CNN wrote.

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