British spies use dating app Grindr and social media to track down Putin’s soldiers – World News

Messages between the Russian military on social media helped inform Ukraine ahead of the invasion

Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine last month

British spies reportedly monitored the Russian invasion of Ukraine by tracking Vladimir Putin’s soldiers using the dating app Grindr and other social networks.

Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine 11 days ago and British spies are said to be increasingly certain of Putin’s plans after tapping social media messages.

Intelligence agencies leaked the information to Ukraine to help in anticipation of a full-scale invasion, withholding only a few details to protect sources and methods.

Putin banned dating apps like Grindr in 2013, but it’s still in use and offered a “treasure trove” of information for British spies.

Intelligence agencies also tracked messages on the Russian equivalent of Facebook – VKontakte.

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Soldiers of the pro-Russian militia in the Luhansk region or Ukraine on February 27



A source told the Daily Mail: “These sites have been a treasure trove for our spies, particularly the dating apps – soldiers and those involved in military efforts were particularly unguarded.

“It meant we were very familiar with the plans and the upcoming invasion, down to details like the delivery of blood supplies to the Russian troops.”

It comes as brave Ukrainians marched on Russian troops in the city of Melitopol, telling them to “go home,” forcing the soldiers to retreat while firing their guns over the heads of the protesters.

Citizens were given a five-hour window to flee the bombed city, only as fighting and strikes prompted many to seek immediate shelter or return to their homes.

Crowds saluted President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and chanted: “Zelensky is a good guy, Putin’s bloody idiot”.

And efforts to evacuate Mariupol were halted as Russian shelling continued from escape routes despite a ceasefire.

Ukrainians trying to flee the city during a five-hour ceasefire were forced to seek shelter after Russian forces continued shelling, it was reported.

A convoy of Russian military vehicles en route to the border in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine on February 23


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Many were forced to turn back when it became clear that shelling was ongoing and fighting had broken out near the evacuation route.

“Because of these fighting, it is not safe to drive on this road,” the city’s deputy mayor Serhiy Orlov told the BBC.

Amid Britain’s continued support for Ukraine, two battle-ready, selfless young Britons with no military experience have left to risk their lives to fight alongside Ukrainian troops.

The couple didn’t even tell their parents they were going to the war zone for fear they would try to change their minds.

Inexperienced Matt Harden, 25, from Liverpool and brave teenager Steven, from Scotland, met online with an Algerian-Australian man, 24.

They first talked about Discord, an online chat room popular with gamers. From there they hatched their plan to join the International Legion.

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