White House: Russia making excuse to attack Ukraine

According to the White House, US intelligence officials have determined that a Russian effort is underway to create an excuse for its troops to invade Ukraine further, and Moscow has already “false-flag” in eastern Ukraine. The operatives have been prepared to conduct the operation”.

Hit House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that intelligence findings suggest Russia is also laying foundations through a social media propaganda campaign that frames Ukraine as an aggressor that engages Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine. is preparing for an imminent attack against.

Ms Saki alleged that Russia has already sent operatives trained in urban warfare who may use explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia’s own proxy forces – blaming the acts on Ukraine – If Russian President Vladimir Putin decides he wants to go ahead with an invasion.

“We are concerned that the Russian government is preparing an invasion into Ukraine that could result in widespread human rights violations and war crimes diplomacy may fail to meet its objectives,” said Ms. Saki. said.

The White House did not provide details about how much confidence it has in the assessment. A US official, who was not authorized to comment on intelligence and spoke on condition of anonymity, said much of the intelligence was derived from intercepted communications and observations of people’s movements.

We are concerned that the Russian government is preparing to invade UkraineWhite House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

Ukraine is also monitoring the possible use of propaganda by Russia. Separately, Ukrainian media reported on Friday that officials believed Russian special services were planning a possible false flag incident to provoke additional conflict.

The new US intelligence was unveiled this week after a series of talks between Russia and the US and its Western allies in Europe aimed at tackling the escalating crisis made little progress.

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Thursday that the US intelligence community has not assessed that the Russians, who have gathered nearly a million troops along the Ukrainian border, have decided to take military action.

But Mr Sullivan said Russia was laying the groundwork for an attack under false pretense if Mr Putin decides to go that route. He said the Russians are planning “sabotage activities and information operations” that accuse Ukraine of preparing for its imminent attack against Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.

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White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan (Andrew Harnick/AP)

He said this is similar to what the Kremlin did in Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that had been under Ukraine’s jurisdiction since 1954.

The Crimean crisis comes at a time when Ukraine is looking to strengthen ties with the West. Russia intensified propaganda that Ukrainian ethnic Russians were being persecuted in eastern Ukraine.

Russia has long been accused of using propaganda as a tactic against adversaries in combination with military operations and cyber attacks. According to a report by Stanford University’s Internet Observatory, in 2014, Russian state media tried to discredit the pro-Western protests in Kiev as “instigated by the US in cooperation with fascist Ukrainian nationalists” and Moscow’s territory in Crimea. Promoted narratives about historical relationships.

Russia, while maintaining that they do not plan to invade Ukraine, is demanding that the US and NATO provide written guarantees that the alliance will not expand eastward.

The US has called such demands “non-starting” but said it is ready to hold talks with Moscow about a possible future deployment of offensive missiles in Ukraine and imposing limits on US and NATO military exercises in Eastern Europe.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Friday that Moscow would not wait indefinitely for a Western response, saying he expected the US and NATO to give a written reply next week.

Mr. Lavrov described Moscow’s demands for a binding guarantee that NATO would not embrace Ukraine or any other former Soviet nations, or deploy its forces and weapons there, as part of diplomatic efforts to defuse rising tensions on Ukraine. necessary for progress.

He argued that NATO deployments and exercises near Russia’s borders are a security challenge that must be addressed immediately.

“We have run out of patience,” Lavrov told a news conference. “The West is driven by pride and heightened tension in violation of its obligations and common sense.”