Between 12 and 14 British phone numbers beginning with the national dialing code could be seen on surveillance equipment just a short period of time before the Russian missile attack on the Yavoriv training center in the western part of Ukraine on March 13th. The mercenaries employed with The Wagner Group, a military company that is associated with Moscow, could have been operating close by during the attack, as per reports. Experts are concerned that they might be in a position to detect the location, track, and then target the collection of British mobile phone signals, and transfer the data to Russian forces.
Russia has access to phone numbers linked to British soldiers, as well as veterans of special forces, because of hacking and espionage efforts in the past, the Telegraph reports.
A source connected to the Johnson government reported that there could be “a mole placed in the unit [on the Yavoriv base] who was seen running from the camp around 30 minutes before the attack, with a laptop and kit.”
The validity of this assertion is not yet confirmed, however.
A lot of the people who are currently volunteering for members of the legion internationally are thought to have military backgrounds, and some of the less experienced civilian volunteers being denied entry by the border because they were classified as a “liability”.
There have been many different stories of the way Britons were treated by the legion. Many choose to not publish their experiences because of security concerns, and for the fear that the British government could prosecute the individuals — however, those who have no military experience were shocked by the culture of realizing that the war zone wasn't the way they had imagined it to be and left the country.
Some claimed that they were treated as “cannon fodder”, and they claimed that the Ukrainian military had only planned to provide them with 48 hours of instruction before receiving their passports and transferring them to the frontline.
It is possible that some foreigners who do not want to fight are allowed out of the country, however.
The well-intentioned Britons who are willing to defend Ukraine might be able to be prosecuted upon their return to Britain, in spite of foreign secretary Lizz Truss saying in the beginning that she “absolutely” supported British citizens traveling to fight. This might not be a legal defense against the British Foreign Enlistment Act of 1870 before a judge.
The government has not yet said whether foreign volunteers could be charged upon their return, based on charges of terrorism; however, in an effort to prove Britain does not support those who join the international army, the defense secretary, Ben Wallace, has insisted any serving personnel currently deployed for combat in Ukraine could be prosecuted.