US Claims Russia Is Planning A ‘False-Flag’ Operation To Justify Ukraine Invasion

Headline Roundup January 16th, 2022

U.S. intelligence officials are suggesting that Russian operatives are planning a "false-flag" operation that would allow Moscow to rationalize an invasion of Ukraine.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday that Russia was going to accuse Ukraine of planning a preeminent attack by having Russian operatives stage a series of fabricated "sabotage attacks." Russia has since dismissed the claims. The Biden administration has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the U.S. would respond with "strong economic and other measures in the event of military escalation." Approximately 100,000 Russian troops remain near the Ukrainian border, as Russian officials said last week's security talks with the U.S. hit a "dead end."

Left- and center-rated outlets were more likely to frame the U.S. disclosing "specific intelligence determinations" as unusual. Some right-rated voices such as John Bolton (Lean Right bias) suggested that the U.S. and NATO must "urgently develop strategies" to combat Putin's plan to invade Ukraine. 

From the Center

Russia is plotting to stage acts of provocation to create a pretext to invade Ukraine, a US official has said.

A Pentagon spokesman said Russian operatives were planning a "false-flag" operation, to allow Moscow to accuse Ukraine of preparing an attack. Russia has dismissed the claims.

It comes after a week of US-Russian talks aimed at defusing tensions.

Ukraine on Friday accused Russia of being behind a cyber-attack on dozens of official websites.

Before the sites went offline, a message appeared warning Ukrainians to "prepare for the worst". Access to most of...

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From the Left

The U.S. has information that the Russian government is planning a "false-flag" operation to rationalize an invasion of Ukraine, a government official said Friday.

"We have information that indicates Russia has already pre-positioned a group of operatives to conduct a false-flag operation in eastern Ukraine. The operatives are trained in urban warfare and in using explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia’s own proxy-forces," the official said, confirming a CNN report.

"Our information also indicates that Russian influence actors are already starting to fabricate Ukrainian provocations in state and social media...

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From the Right

The US has intelligence suggesting Russian operatives have been deployed to conduct a “false flag” attack in eastern Ukraine that will act as a signal for Moscow to invade its western neighbor, the White House said Friday.

Press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the operatives had been tapped to carry out “sabotage attacks” against Russian proxies in the region and added that Moscow’s “influence actors” had begun to “fabricate Ukrainian provocations in state and social media to justify a Russian intervention.”

The Kremlin has kept thousands of troops in...

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