The Biden administration accused Moscow Thursday of plotting a mass casualty event against Russia by Ukraine in order to justify another Russian invasion of its former Soviet neighbour.
Ned Price, spokesperson for the State Department, stated that intelligence had been declassified and presented in hopes of deterring Russia from carrying out the false-flag operation.
Price stated that the United States has information suggesting that Russia plans to stage fabricated attacks on Ukrainian military and intelligence forces to justify an invasion of Ukraine. This was in a briefing Price gave to reporters on Thursday.
“Russian intelligence has created a propaganda video that shows a possible alternative to the one we have made public. It contains graphic scenes of fake explosions and depicts corpses, crisis actors pretending they are mourners, and images of military equipment or destroyed locations.
Rice claimed that Moscow uses disinformation campaigns such as this to its advantage. Rice accused Russia of creating a video but he had not produced it.
After months of increasing tensions at Ukraine’s eastern border, Russia has now announced a possible false flag operation.
After Russian President Vladimir Putin placed a large military force at the Russia-Ukraine border, the White House approved the temporary relocation of approximately 3,000 troops to Ukraine.
According to Andriy Zgorodnyuk, former Ukrainian Defense Minister, 60,000 U.S. troops are already based in Europe. However, Russia has placed approximately 127,000 troops close to its border with Ukraine.
Price spoke to reporters on Thursday and said that the false flag attack was one of many possible tactics that the U.S. discovered about Russia’s Ukraine strategy.
Price stated that “The production and distribution of this propaganda video is just one option the Russian government has developed to justify and initiate military aggression against Ukraine.”
“We are not sure if Russia will use this or any other option in the coming days. It is not something we are releasing now. We do so to expose Russia’s destabilizing actions toward Ukraine and dissuade Russia to continue this dangerous campaign, and eventually launch a military strike.
Price didn’t provide any details about the evidence that the U.S. has against Russia. His use of terms such as “false flag”, “crisis actors” and other fringe conspiracy theorists, like Alex Jones, caused some to bristle among the press corps. They pressed the administration for evidence.
Associated Press reporter Matt Lee pressed Price numerous times to find out what evidence the U.S. had to support its claim. Lee stated that the American public shouldn’t rely solely on the words of the administration without having access to material proof.
Price replied: “If the U.S. government is not credible, or the British government of other governments, and you want to find solace in the information that the Russians have put out, that’s for you.”
Rice stated that this is the State Department’s standard procedure to protect sensitive intelligence sources, methods, and that the department declassifies information only when it is certain that they are correct.
The U.K. supported the claim of the U.S. after it accused Russia of similar tactics. In a press release, Liz Truss, U.K. Foreign Secretary, stated that “this is clear and alarming evidence of Russia’s unprovoked aggression und underhand activity in order to destabilize Ukraine.” “The UK, along with our allies, will continue to expose Russian subterfuget and propaganda and call them out for what they are.” Russia must deescalate, cease and agree to a diplomatic path. This is the only way to move forward.
Biden stated that he had been in contact with Putin and made it clear that the United States would not tolerate Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Biden stated that Putin has never seen sanctions similar to the ones I have promised will be imposed on him if he moves. Biden also promised that Russia would suffer a major embarrassment if it invades.
Last month, the White House stated that “If any Russian military force crosses the Ukrainian border, it’s a renewed invasion, and we will respond swiftly, severely, and united from the United States of America and our allies.”
At the time, the White House observed Russia’s “aggression short military action” and the false flag operation that the U.S. claims Russia is currently considering.