US Official: Russia Prepares Pretext for Invasion of Ukraine

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Biden administration has determined that a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to invade further Ukraine, and Moscow has already positioned agents to carry out “a false flag operation” in the east. from Ukraine, a US official said. he said on Friday.

The administration believes that Russia is also laying the groundwork through a social media disinformation campaign by framing Ukraine as an aggressor who has been preparing an imminent attack on Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss confidential intelligence on the record,

US intelligence officials determined that Russia has already dispatched agents trained in urban warfare who could use explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia’s own power forces, blaming the acts on Ukraine, if the Russian president Vladimir Putin decides that he wants to go ahead with an invasion. added the official.

The new intelligence was revealed after a series of talks between russia and the united states and Western allies this week in Europe aimed at avoiding the escalation of the crisis made little progress.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Thursday that the US intelligence community has not made an assessment that the Russians, who have concentrated about 100,000 troops on the border with Ukraine, have decided definitely take a course of military action in Ukraine.

But Sullivan said that Russia is laying the groundwork to invade under false pretenses, Putin should decide to go that way. He said the Russians have been planning “sabotage activities and information operations” that accuse Ukraine of preparing for its own imminent attack on Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.

He said the move is similar to what the Kremlin did in the run-up to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that had been under Ukraine’s jurisdiction since 1954.

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