The UK defense minister has raised security concerns after a caller posed as the PM of Ukraine
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British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has accused Russia of “dirty tricks” and ordered a security investigation into how someone pretending to be the prime minister of Ukraine could have phoned him on Thursday.
“Today an attempt was made by an imposter claiming to be Ukrainian PM to speak with me,” Wallace tweeted on Thursday morning, saying he “terminated the call” after the man “posed several misleading questions” that made him suspicious. Wallace denounced the call as an example of “Russian disinformation, distortion and dirty tricks,” offering no evidence.
Home Secretary Priti Patel chimed in, saying this also happened to her “earlier this week,” calling it a “pathetic attempt at such difficult times to divide us.”
Her Labour shadow Holly Lynch called it “worrying” that someone fraudulently managed to gain access to two of UK’s most senior government ministers in charge of defense, telling The Guardian that “an urgent investigation must look into how this happened so the necessary steps can be taken to avoid any more such incidents.”