U.S. Says Russia Is Planning to Fabricate a Pretext to Invade Ukraine

WASHINGTON—Russia is preparing to fabricate a pretext for an invasion of Ukraine by releasing a staged online video depicting attacks by Kyiv military forces, U.S. officers claimed Thursday, citing freshly declassified intelligence.

The intelligence demonstrates a Russian program to phase a fabricated attack by Ukrainian armed service or intelligence personnel from Russian sovereign territory, or against Russian-speaking people today, to justify an incursion into Ukraine, U.S. officers said.

The approach would consist of Moscow’s use of a propaganda online video that would depict “graphic scenes” in accordance to administration officers, of a staged, untrue explosion with corpses, actors depicting mourners and photos of destroyed buildings and military services equipment. The equipment in the video would be made to appear like it is Ukrainian or from nations belonging to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, officers explained.

“This is just just one instance that we can talk about nowadays,” said Pentagon push secretary John Kirby. “We’ve found this variety of action by the Russians in the past, and we consider it is critical when we see it like this and we can, to phone it out.”

The movie could include things like depictions of Turkish-built Bayraktar drones used by Ukraine, which has angered Moscow, officers reported.

“The online video will be introduced to underscore a danger to Russia’s security and to underpin armed service operations,” administration officers reported, including that it “could offer the spark” that Russian President

Vladimir Putin

requirements to justify an invasion of Ukraine. Particulars of the intelligence ended up initially noted by the New York Times.

The U.S., NATO and Russia are caught in a diplomatic standoff more than Moscow’s buildup of troops at the border with Ukraine. WSJ appears to be at what Russia wishes and how Ukraine and its allies are planning for a likely crisis. Image: Andriy Dubchak/Related Push

The U.S. and U.K. governments, which share nearly all intelligence they obtain, haven’t unveiled the underlying intelligence reports pertaining to the accusations.

British officials mentioned they agreed with the U.S. assessment of the intelligence. “This is crystal clear and surprising proof of Russia’s unprovoked aggression and underhand activity to destabilize Ukraine,” British Overseas Secretary Liz Truss reported. “This bellicose intent towards a sovereign, democratic country is completely unacceptable and we condemn it in the strongest feasible conditions.”

The U.S. and the U.K. have and publicly unveiled facts in recent months they say shows that Russia is contemplating navy and political interventions in Ukraine.

Russian officials didn’t quickly reply to a ask for for comment. The Kremlin has denied any options to invade or undermine Ukraine.

In late January, the United Kingdom stated it experienced exposed a plot to oust Ukraine President

Volodymyr Zelensky

and set up a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine.

In mid-January, the White Household stated it had proof that Russia was sending saboteurs into jap Ukraine to stage a provocation that would provide as a pretext for an invasion.

Condition Office spokesman

Ned Value

pushed again when requested to present evidence of the U.S. and British promises.

“If you question the believability of the U.S. federal government, of the British governing administration, of other governments and want to, you know, locate solace in info that the Russians are placing out, that is for you to do,” Mr. Price advised reporters Thursday.

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