May 14, 2022 9:39 pm

Russia plans ‘false flag’ operations in Ukraine as pretext for invasion, US says

Correspondent in New York



US believes Russia is planning ‘false flag’ operations in Ukraine, such as acts of sabotage or violent attacks, to create pretexts that justify a possible invasion of the neighboring country. This has been defended by different senior officials of the Joe Biden government, at a time of maximum tension on the Ukraine-Russia border, with a growing presence of Russian soldiers and military equipment and with the drums of war beating with increasing force.

“Russia has predisposed a group of operatives to carry out what we call a ‘false flag’ operation, designed toTo make it look like an attack on them or Russian-speakers in Ukraine and that it will be an excuse to enter the country, ”said the main Pentagon spokesman, John Kirby, yesterday in reference to an invasion.

Earlier, a senior Biden Administration official detailed that these operations could include “sabotage activities and information operations, with accusations against Ukraine of preparing an imminent attack against Russian forces in the east of the country.” This could take the form of a violent attack on a Russian consular building in the country, which Moscow would blame on Ukrainian extremists.

These ‘false flag’ operations would take place weeks before the possible Russian invasion, which could start from mid-January to the end of February.

According to Kirby, there are already “indications that Russian influencers have begun to fabricate the Ukrainian provocation in state media and on social media to justify their military incursion.”

Crimean invasion

“We already saw this script in 2014,” the national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, in reference to the invasion of Crimea by Russia. “They are preparing the same script again.”

Russia, as it has done about the accusations that the reinforcement of its military presence on the border with Ukraine responds to plans for an invasion, denies everything. The president of the country, Vladimir Putin, in the mouth of his spokesman, Dimitri Peskov, said that they are “unfounded” and “unconfirmed” information.

The warnings come after a new round of unsuccessful negotiations between Russian and American diplomats and each time with more doubts about the ability to avoid an armed conflict. According to ‘The New York Times’, the Biden Administration has issued a new warning to the Kremlin: consider supporting the Ukrainian insurgency that would appear after a potential Russian invasion of eastern regions of the country.

In recent weeks, the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and the chief of the General Staff, General Mark Milley, have warned their Russian counterparts that an incursion into Ukraine would provoke an insurgency similar to the one that both the USSR -in the 1980s- and the US -in the last twenty years- suffered in Afghanistan, with dire results for both countries.

The support to the insurgents could be with military weapons, training in countries of the region, intelligence support, medical equipment and ample financial resources. These plans are not detailed or decided, but their consideration alone underscores the seriousness of the situation in Eastern Europe.

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