Russia accused of ‘dirty tricks’ as imposter pretending to be Ukrainian PM gets through to Defence Secretary


BEN Wallace has accused Russia of “dirty tricks” after an imposter swung a call with him by pretending to be the Ukrainian PM.

In a major security scare, the Defence Secretary said he spoke to the stooge but hung up after becoming suspicious.

Ben Wallace on a visit to Poland today

He called it a “desperate attempt” by Putin who is suffering humiliating losses in Ukraine.

The Cabinet Minister has ordered an immediate inquiry to establish how the imposter managed to get through to him.

Mr Wallace said: “Today an attempt was made by an imposter claiming to be Ukrainian PM to speak with me.

“He posed several misleading questions and after becoming suspicious I terminated the call.



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“No amount of Russian disinformation, distortion and dirty tricks can distract from Russia’s human rights abuses and illegal invasion of Ukraine. A desperate attempt.”

The Defence Secretary visited Poland today as Britain deployed anti-air missiles to the region following Russian threats.

One hundred UK troops have also been deployed to man the Sky Sabre medium range missiles.

Mr Wallace said: “Sky Sabre has unprecedented speed, accuracy, performance and target acquisition, which will significantly enhance Poland’s air defences.”