Washington / Moscow – Russia is trying to make false excuses so that the Russian military gets the opportunity to invade Ukraine and that the US intelligence agencies have got the information regarding this, has accused the White House. The US said in the allegation that Russian agencies have sent agents already in eastern Ukraine and plan to conduct a ‘false-flag’ operation through them. US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has also confirmed the allegation of ongoing movements by Russia.
‘We have information that indicates Russia has already pre-positioned a group of operatives to conduct a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine. Russian influence actors are already starting to fabricate Ukrainian provocations in state and social media to justify a Russian intervention and sow divisions in Ukraine. The operatives are trained in urban warfare and using explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia’s proxy forces,’ accused White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki. These acts will be blamed on Ukraine. She further said that if Russian President Vladimir Putin decides to invade Ukraine, it will be implemented.
If diplomatic negotiations fail, Russia will invade Ukraine, wherein widespread war crimes and human rights violations are likely to happen. Psaki also warned that the United States was severely concerned about the situation. The allegations made by White House spokesmen have gained confirmation from other officials. The United States has substantial information about the Russian moves, said a Press Secretary for the US Department of Defense, John Kirby. A senior US official said that the intelligence agencies got information from the conversations and people’s movements near the Russia-Ukraine border.
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has also confirmed this. ‘Our intelligence community has developed information, which has now been downgraded, that Russia is laying the groundwork to have the option of fabricating the pretext for an invasion, including through sabotage activities and information operations, by accusing Ukraine of preparing an imminent attack against Russian forces in Eastern Ukraine. We saw this playbook in 2014. They are organising this playbook again,’ warned Sullivan.
In the last few days, Russia’s movement seems to have gained momentum after the talks between Russia and the West failed. Russia could invade Ukraine in the next few days, according to the claims made by the agencies of the US as well as Ukraine. However, Russia’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has denied all the allegations made on the Ukrainian invasion. Russia has deployed about 100,000 soldiers near the Ukrainian border for months. At the same time, the Russian military is said to be stationed even in the neighbouring country, Belarus.