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US official: Russia prepping pretext for Ukraine invasion

US official: Russia prepping pretext for Ukraine invasion Photo: MGN

By AAMER MADHANI and NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press
Created: January 14, 2022 10:42 AM

The Biden administration has determined that a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to potentially further invade Ukraine.

A U.S. official says Moscow has already prepositioned operatives to conduct “a false-flag operation" in eastern Ukraine. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence, says the administration believes Russia is also laying the groundwork through a social media disinformation campaign that looks to frame Ukraine as the aggressor that has been preparing to attack Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.

The new intelligence was unveiled Friday after a series of talks between Russia and the U.S. and western allies aimed at heading off the escalating crisis made little progress.

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