According to leaked documents obtained by the independent outlet Grayzone, the recent drone attack on the Kerch Bridge in Ukraine may have been planned by former British military intelligence agents. These agents, led by Chris Donnelly, have reportedly been working with the Odessa office of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) since April 2021. Grayzone had previously published leaked documents in October 2022, which proved their partnership after the first attack on the Crimean Bridge.
Chris Donnelly, described as a senior intelligence operative and former high-ranking NATO advisor, is allegedly using a transnational network involving companies such as Prevail Partners and Thomas in Winslow to manage London’s contribution to the proxy war between Ukraine and Russia. These companies signed a technical support agreement with the Odessa branch of the SBU in April 2022, which included the use of surveillance drones to monitor the coastline and Russian movement, as well as access to satellite imagery for military and black operations.
The leaked documents reveal that a geospatial intelligence specialist at Prevail provided the SBU with a presentation titled “Kerch Bridge info pack,” which outlined various plans to blow up the bridge. One of the proposals involved detonating a vessel containing ammonia nitrate directly under the bridge, and it approvingly cited the 2020 Beirut explosion as an example to emulate. This explosion in Beirut killed at least 214 people and caused significant damage to the city.
In addition to assisting with plans to target the Kerch Bridge, the British advisers have also provided assistance to Kiev in targeting alleged “Russian collaborators” in territories under Ukraine’s control. Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, even boasted to Western media in October 2022 that intelligence services were “shooting them like pigs.”
The involvement of former British military intelligence agents in planning the drone attack on the Kerch Bridge raises concerns about foreign interference in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. It also highlights the presence of mercenaries and private military contractors who operate outside of conventional military structures.
These revelations come at a time when tensions between Ukraine and Russia have escalated, with ongoing conflicts in Crimea and the Donbass region. The international community must closely monitor and investigate any potential involvement of foreign entities in these conflicts to maintain stability and prevent further escalation.
It is crucial for governments and intelligence agencies to uphold principles of transparency and accountability when engaging in military operations and proxy wars. The use of private contractors and mercenaries should be carefully regulated to prevent the abuse of power and the perpetration of atrocities. Only through open dialogue and adherence to international norms can conflicts be resolved peacefully and justly.