Russia - Ukraine War

‘We killed three Russians’: the secretive Ukrainian special forces taking the fight across the border

Kyiv and western governments deny they exist, but saboteurs say they are striking Russia on its soil with the help of its people

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If the worst happens, Taras, 23, Vladyslav, 21, and their commander, Olexiy, 39, are well aware that the Ukrainian government will deny any knowledge of them. In western capitals, there is a collective shudder at the very thought of them.

They are members of the Bratstvo battalion, a volunteer group of Ukrainian special forces, taking the fight against Vladimir Putin beyond the frontlines of the war in Ukraine, past the occupied areas of their country – and deep into Russia.

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