Ukraine-Russia: Defence secretary warns of 'dirty tricks' after receiving call from imposter posing as Ukrainian Prime Minister

The UK defence secretary has hit out at Russian “dirty tricks” after being targeted by an impostor posing as the Ukrainian Prime Minister.

Ben Wallace revealed he became suspicious and then terminated the call after “several misleading questions”.

The defence secretary has now ordered an immediate inquiry to find out how the impostor was able to speak to him.

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He said: “Today an attempt was made by an imposter claiming to be Ukrainian PM to speak with me.

“He posed several misleading questions and after becoming suspicious I terminated the call.

“No amount of Russian disinformation, distortion and dirty tricks can distract from Russia’s human rights abuses and illegal invasion of Ukraine.

“[It was] a desperate attempt.”

Mr Wallace revealed he had been targeted by the hoax call in a Twitter post.

Defence secretary Ben Wallace revealed he'd been the target of a hoax

The fact that a hoax caller was able to speak directly to the defence secretary raises security questions, particularly given Mr Wallace’s suggestion that Russia was behind it.

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