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US accuses Russia of planning a fake video of an attack on Russian citizens to justify an invasion of Ukraine

The United States believes Russia is reportedly planning a pretext to invade Ukraine by producing a propaganda video that would show a fake attack on Russians by Ukrainian forces, according to a Washington Post report.

“We do have information that the Russians are likely to want to fabricate a pretext for an invasion,” Pentagon press secretary Juan Kirby said Thursday. 

“One option is the Russian government, we think, is planning to stage a fake attack by Ukrainian military or intelligence forces against Russian sovereign territory, or against Russian speaking people, to therefore justify their action,” The Hill quoted him as saying.

Kirby said they thought the video would show fake explosions and dead bodies in the scheme, including a propaganda montage video.

“We believe that Russia would produce a very graphic propaganda video, which would include corpses and actors that would be depicting mourners and images of destroyed locations, as well as military equipment at the hands of Ukraine or the West.” 

He further mentioned that the U.S. has information that the video “would be made to look like it was Western-supplied” to Ukraine.

When Kirby was asked whether U.S. officials think the Kremlin approved the fake attack plan, he said that the Russian government’s top brass endorses most activities of that nature.

“We’ve seen these kinds of activity by the Russians in the past,” the Pentagon press secretary said. 

The U.S. says it got the information of the apparent Russian plan from intelligence reports and believes it is important to expose it to deter Russia from continuing its planned action.

The administration has refused to detail the evidence behind the intelligence information because it is critical to protect sources, as assured by State Department spokesman Ned Price. He confirmed that the U.S. does not know whether the Russians will use the alleged video but that the disclosure of the apparent plan was designed to prevent it from happening.

The Kremlin dismissed the latest U.S. accusation, saying it is not the first time material about Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine has been published in the United States. Still, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russia’s state-run Tass news agency that nothing has come out of them.

Meanwhile, the Russian embassy in the U.S. criticized the Biden administration’s allegations on Twitter Thursday night, calling them a new ‘creative’ scenario typical of the U.S. that is no surprise to Russia, Fox News reported.

“We call on Washington to abandon propaganda and go in for serious work to strengthen European security,” the Russian embassy wrote in the tweet.

Tensions have soared over the past month over the concentration of more than 100,000 Russian troops on the Ukrainian border.

Although Moscow has repeatedly repeated that it does not want a war with Kyiv and that it does not threaten Ukraine, the United States considers the Russian attack to be “imminent.”

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