The Russian ambassador to the UK has said he has "proof" that UK special forces were involved in an attack on Russia's Black Sea fleet in Crimea.

Diplomat Andrei Kelin also said he's handed the evidence of UK naval involvement in the Ukrainian drone strike over to the British ambassador.

Speaking to Sky News, he said: "We perfectly know about participation of British specialists in training, preparation and execution of violence against the Russian infrastructure and the Russian fleet in the Black Sea. We know that it has been done.

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"It is dangerous because it escalates the situation. It can bring us up to the line of I would say no return, return is always possible. But anyway, we should avoid escalation.

"And this is a warning actually that Britain is too deep in this conflict. It means the situation is becoming more and more dangerous."

Kelin added that the evidence would be made public "pretty soon".

The attack on Saturday (October 29) saw 16 drones, nine in the air and seven at sea, strike Russian warships at Sevastopol.

It led the Russia saying it had suspended participation in a United Nations-Turkey-brokered deal to allow grain to leave Ukraine.

Russian-state run media outlet TASS immediately dubbed it an "act of terrorism" and said Kyiv carried it out "with the participation of British specialists".

The UK government has denied the claims, instead saying they are designed to draw attention away from Vladimir Putin's faltering invasion of Ukraine.

A spokesperson said: "In recent days, Russia has made a range of allegations against the UK, clearly designed to distract attention from Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine; Russia's losses on the battlefield and its bombing of civilian populations and energy infrastructure without any regard for international law and the loss of innocent life.

"We do not plan to give a running commentary on these allegations; it is no secret that the United Kingdom has taken a public lead in our support to Ukraine – this has been enduring since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014."

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