The US has intelligence that Russia is planning a ‘false flag’ campaign on its military in eastern Ukraine as an excuse to attack Ukraine. Officials said Friday they believe Russia is running a propaganda campaign on social media to discredit Ukraine as an aggressor. Ukrainian government websites were largely taken offline after cyberattacks to make the prospect of a military conflict more ‘urgent’.
US-Russian talks on Ukraine have failed, after which Russia has intensified war testing of its troops. Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia’s patience with the West had now paid off as Russia sought assurances that NATO would not expand closer to its territory. Officials told reporters on Friday that the US had evidence that war-trained henchmen would carry out these attacks on “fake” Russian forces, possibly weeks later.
Russian henchmen deployed for ‘false flag’ campaign
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has warned of human rights violations and war crimes if diplomacy is successful and the Russian government’s plans go ahead. He said that we have information that indicates that Russia has already deployed a group of operatives to conduct a ‘false flag’ operation in eastern Ukraine. These operatives are trained in urban warfare and taught to use explosives to strike against Russia’s simulated army.
Kremlin rejects claims
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the intelligence was “very credible”. The Kremlin has denied such provocative claims. According to TASS news agency, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the report is based on ‘baseless’ information. Several government websites were temporarily closed on Friday following the massive cyber attacks on Ukraine. The officials of the country gave this information.
Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks, but the attacks came at a time when tensions between Ukraine and Russia escalated after talks between Moscow and other Western countries showed no significant progress this week. has gone. Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko told the Associated Press on Friday that it was too early to say who was behind the attack.
Russian government websites closed
“It is too early to come to any conclusion as the cases are under investigation but Russia’s cyber attacks against Ukraine have a long history,” he said. Russia has in the past denied cyber attacks against Ukraine. According to officials, the websites of the country’s cabinet, seven ministries, treasury, national disaster service and state service related to passports and vaccination certificates are not available due to hacking.