There is little doubt whatsoever that Vladimir Putin wants to strangle Ukraine back into the Russian sphere of influence, (or back into Russia itself), and there are no shortage of ways that he could achieve this.
Seeing as he’s a former KGB agent, we really shouldn’t put anything past him, including the potential use of insidious false flag attacks – plans for which have recently been discovered by the US intelligence services.
The US has information that indicates Russia has prepositioned a group of operatives to conduct a false-flag operation in eastern Ukraine, a US official told CNN on Friday, in an attempt to create a pretext for an invasion.
The official said the US 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 allegation echoes a statement released by Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense on Friday, which said that Russian special services are preparing provocations against Russian forces in an attempt to frame Ukraine. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan hinted at the intelligence during a briefing with reporters on Thursday.
The statement was a stark reminder of what Putin is capable of.
“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,” Sullivan said on Thursday. “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.”
The United States, as well as the G-7 nations and NATO, have all suggested that Moscow could face crippling sanctions should they decide to move forward with their plan.
For their part, Russia has suggested via the media that they would retaliate against those who seek to deter them from a Ukrainian invasion, threatening to turn naysayers into “radioactive dust”.