The Former Vice President Biden administration, on Friday, has stated they are expecting Russia to engage in a “false flag” operation that would ignite an invasion into Ukraine.
CNN has claimed it has obtained information from a US official stating the official “has evidence that the operatives are trained in urban warfare and in using explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia’s own proxy forces. The Russian military plans to begin these activities several weeks before a military invasion, which could begin between mid-January and mid-February. We saw this playbook in 2014 with Crimea.”
This echoes what Jake Sullivan National Security Adviser said on Thursday. “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. 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,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan was asked, “Ambassador Michael Carpenter is offering a different assessment. I’m sure you heard him say that, ‘The drumbeat of war is sounding loud, and the rhetoric has gotten rather shrill. So, do you agree with that or disagree?”
Sullivan responded, “Well, the Russians have put tens of thousands of troops in and around Ukraine and occupied territory relative to Ukraine,” Sullivan replied. “So, it is certainly the case that the threat of military invasion is high.”