Russia plans false flag attack

DThe US has accused Russia of using a false flag attack to create a pretext for an invasion of Ukraine. “We have information that the Russians are probably trying to fabricate a pretext for an invasion,” US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby said on Thursday.

The Russian government plans as “an option” a staged attack by the Ukrainian armed forces or secret services on “Russian sovereign territory or Russian-speaking people”. That should then be used as justification for a Russian reaction.

“We believe that Russia would produce a very graphic propaganda video, with dead bodies and actors portraying mourners,” Kirby said. Destroyed sites and military equipment that may have been delivered to Ukraine from the West should also be shown. “We have seen such activities by the Russians in the past,” Pentagon spokesman Kirby said.

The US government had already accused Russia in mid-January of wanting to create a pretext for an invasion of Ukraine. “We have information indicating that Russia has already deployed a group of agents to conduct a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine,” a US official said at the time. “The agents are trained in urban warfare and the use of explosives to commit acts of sabotage against Russia’s own proxy forces.”

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