The US State Department this week accused Russia of planning a propaganda video showing a fake attack on Russia in order to justify an invasion into Ukraine by the Kremlin.
Earlier this week, an official told Axios “The United States is concerned that the Russian Government is preparing for an invasion into Ukraine that may result in widespread human rights violations and war crimes should diplomacy fail to meet their objectives.”
“In a press conference this week, State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters that for safety reasons, the government is unable to confirm the source of intelligence saying Russia is planning a ‘false flag’ operation in the form of a video depicting a fake attack on Russia in order to build up support for an invasion into Ukraine.”
The United States believes Russian intelligence officials are preparing to make a video that shows Russian soldiers and civilians bloody, crying and injured after an explosion.
The video may also feature NATO-provided drones and military equipment, in an attempt to insinuate NATO is behind the fake attack. The video is said to be intended as a method of drumming up support for a Russian invasion into Ukraine after weeks of building up troops along the Ukrainian border.
In the press conference this week, Price defended the intelligence regarding the video, saying, “If you doubt the credibility of the U.S. government, of the British government, of other governments and want to, you know, find solace in information that the Russians are putting out, that is for you to do.”
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