U.S. Intelligence Says Russia Is Planning ‘False-Flag’ Operation To Justify Ukraine Invasion

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The Pentagon said Friday that it has information that Russia is planning to carry out a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine under a false pretext.
The United States and other NATO countries are holding a military exercise. A picture of Yuriy DyachYShyn and Agence France-Presse.

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The U.S. official told various news outlets Friday that Moscow is preparing to launch sabotage activities and information operations in order to make up a pretext for invasion.
Kirby said that Moscow's attempt at creating a pretext for invasion is similar to the tactic it used in the past.

The operatives sent to eastern Ukraine are trained in urban warfare and in using explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia's own proxy-forces, according to a statement shared with outlets from a U.S. official.

The official said that the military invasion could begin in January or February.

Kirby said that Russian influence actors were spreading false information about the Ukrainian provocations.
100,000. Ukrainian and Western officials say that there are about a thousand Russian troops on its border with Ukraine. The New York Times reported that Russia had mapped out a military operation with as many as 175,000 troops.

A foreign ministry spokesman said Friday that multiple Ukrainian government websites were affected by a cyber attack. The Ukrainian public was warned to prepare for the worst after the websites were taken offline. Russian officials have a long record of cyberattacks against the country. As diplomatic talks between Russia and Western states this week were unsuccessful, new information from the U.S. official and Friday's cyber attacks on Ukrainian government websites came as a result. NATO has been demanded by Moscow to scale back its forces in the region and promise not to accept Georgia and Ukraine as new members. The West has ruled out the possibility of meeting the latter condition. If Western states don't comply with Russia's demands, the country may bring up the possibility of military action.

What to watch for.

The US and its allies will respond in the event of a Russian invasion, according to President Joe Biden.

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