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Omaha Steve

(98,592 posts)
Sat Jan 15, 2022, 06:39 AM Jan 2022

White House: Russia prepping pretext for Ukraine invasion

Source: AP

By AAMER MADHANI, NOMAAN MERCHANT and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, and Moscow has already prepositioned operatives to conduct “a false-flag operation” in eastern Ukraine, according to the White House.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday the intelligence findings show Russia is also laying the groundwork through a social media disinformation campaign that frames Ukraine as an aggressor that has been preparing an imminent attack against Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine.

Psaki charged that Russia has already dispatched operatives trained in urban warfare who could 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 move forward with an invasion.

“We are concerned that the Russian government is preparing for an invasion in Ukraine that may result in widespread human rights violations and war crimes should diplomacy fail to meet their objectives,” Psaki said.



White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks at a press briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/europe-russia-media-ukraine-vladimir-putin-f24e6bd400e20d7890daff371cd80eb2

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no_hypocrisy

(45,369 posts)
1. Sounds like taking a page from Hitler's Playbook regarding Poland.
Sat Jan 15, 2022, 06:46 AM
Jan 2022

Third Reich Army crossed the Polish border to "rescue" German nationals living in Poland. They may have done the same for Czechoslovakia.

no_hypocrisy

(45,369 posts)
5. Not Russia. Part of the Soviet Union.
Sat Jan 15, 2022, 08:30 AM
Jan 2022

Both Ukraine and Russia were part of the Soviet Union.

It's been said that Putin wants to resurrect the SU.

jimfields33

(15,202 posts)
6. Probably a smart thing to do with China and India gaining a lot of power
Sat Jan 15, 2022, 09:51 AM
Jan 2022

Each country will want to be as protected as possible in the next decade or so.

 

marie999

(3,334 posts)
2. I had to copy this article in Pravda how can I just link it to DU. I will stop doing cut and paste.
Sat Jan 15, 2022, 07:42 AM
Jan 2022

Last edited Sat Jan 15, 2022, 08:18 AM - Edit history (1)

AUTHOR`S NAME PRAVDA.RU 14.01.2022 18:52
Russia redeploys military hardware and personnel to western borders
INCIDENTS
Russia may increase the strength of its army on the western borders up to 500,000 troops.

Russia redeploys military hardware and personnel to western borders
For the time being, Russia has deployed as many as 100,000 troops and thousands of units of military hardware on the border with Ukraine. Many videos showing the transportation of military equipment from the eastern part of Russia towards the western borders have appeared on the internet recently. It appears that Russia is putting its troops on high alert against the background of a very high risk of provocations on the part of NATO.

Given the scale of the transfer of military hardware, it appears that Russia is taking efforts to build up the troops on its western borders to 500,000. Most of the Russian troops will thus be deployed in western regions of the country.

The videos that eyewitnesses made in different parts of the country show the railway transportation of tanks, multiple launch rocket systems, light armored vehicles, engineering vehicles, military trucks, field artillery, etc.

Earlier, many believed that the military hardware would be deployed on the border with Ukraine due to the risk of Ukraine's aggression against both Donbass and Crimea. It now appears that the Russian troops will be deployed in numerous military field camps along the entire western border, including even in Belarus, on the border with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.

After the USA and NATO disregarded Russia's requirements at security talks, the Russian administration started taking active measures to get the country prepared for the defense of its borders.

USA says Russia working on false flag operation
Meanwhile, the United States believes that Russia has prepared a task force to carry out a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine.

The Russian military included in the group were trained for urban combat and the use of explosives, CNN reports with reference to an unnamed US official. According to the source, the Joe Biden administration believes that Russia may be preparing for an invasion of Ukraine, which could lead to massive violations of human rights and war crimes, should diplomats fail to achieve their goals in the talks.

On Thursday, January 13, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said during a briefing with reporters:

"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," Sullivan said. "We saw this playbook in 2014. They are preparing this playbook again and we will have, the administration will have, further details on what we see as this potential laying of the pretext to share with the press over the course of the next 24 hours."


Читайте больше на https://english.pravda.ru/news/hotspots/150055-russia_army/

chowder66

(8,935 posts)
8. Last night Michael McFaul said we will not be going to war over this but that we
Sat Jan 15, 2022, 02:07 PM
Jan 2022

will provide assistance (I can't recall his exact words on weather it was arms, money or what not). He said either way it's going to be tragic.
The Ukraine army is better prepared but so is the Russian army and they have more soldiers and weapons.

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