British spies track Russian troops via dating app Grindr and social media sites: Report

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UK intelligence monitored the Russian invasion of Ukraine by tracking soldiers using social media sites including the gay dating app Grindr, The daily mail reported. Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24 and British spies have reportedly become increasingly certain of Putin’s military plans in Ukraine after posting messages on social media sites like VKontakte.

A source revealed secrets were also being shared on dating sites such as Grindr and insisted the sites functioned as a “treasure trove” for British spies. Soldiers and people involved in Russian military action were “particularly unguarded”. The source added that the spies were “very familiar” with plans and impending Russian military aggression in Ukraine and gave details like “the movement of blood supplies” to soldiers in Moscow, according to The daily mail report. The source further mentioned that the British intelligence services are helping Ukraine while protecting information from their sources.

Russia targets populated areas in Ukraine: UK Ministry of Defense

As the Russian-Ukrainian war enters its eleventh day on March 6, Sunday, the British Ministry of Defense in its latest update informed that the scale and strength of the Ukrainian resistance has surprised Russia. According to updates given by the Defense Ministry on Twitter, Russia, stunned by Ukraine’s strength, is now responding by targeting populated areas like Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Mariupol. In addition, the British Ministry of Defense insisted that Russia was trying to make efforts to break Ukraine’s morale and claimed that Russia had taken similar measures in Chechnya and Syria. The ministry added that Russian supply lines would continue to be targeted, which slowed the pace of the ground forces’ approach. Moreover, he said it was possible that Moscow is now trying to “hide fuel trucks as regular support trucks to minimize casualties.”

“He responded by targeting populated areas in several places, including Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Mariupol. This will likely represent an effort to break Ukrainian morale. Russia has previously used similar tactics in Chechnya in 1999 and in Syria in 2016, employing both air and ground munitions,” the UK Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Twitter.

Russia–Ukraine War

Amid escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia, Mykhaylo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, took to his Twitter account and claimed that Russia had lost around 11,000 troops, around 300 tanks, more of 40 planes and 48 helicopters. Additionally, dozens of artillery systems were destroyed in the fighting. On Saturday, Russia had declared a brief ceasefire in the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha to allow citizens to evacuate or flee.

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