The US believes Russia has prepared a false pretext to invade Ukraine, according to senior administration officials (Picture: AFP)
The US has intelligence suggesting that Russia has prepared a false pretext to invade Ukraine using a ‘graphic’ video that would show a fake attack against Russia, according to senior administration officials.
The Russian government and intelligence services have been planning to produce an elaborate propaganda video depicting a series of graphic scenes, including a ‘staged false explosion with corpses, actors depicting mourners, and images of destroyed locations and military equipment,’ the official said.
Such a video would allow Russia to accuse Ukraine of conducting a genocide against Russian speakers, and give reason to launch an invasion.
‘We don’t know that this is the route they are going to take, but we know that this is an option under consideration that would involve actors,’ Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer said during an interview on MSNBC.
Finer described the plan as ‘extremely elaborate.’
Officials believe Russia has already recruited actors to be involved in the fake video, and that the military equipment that would be used would be made to look like it is Ukrainian or from an allied nation.
Details of the plan have been declassified by US intelligence and are expected to be revealed Thursday by the Biden administration, the Washington Post first reported.
The alleged operation the US plans to expose would involve broadcasting images of civilian casualties in eastern Ukraine, and possibly over the border in Russia in the hopes of creating outrage against the Ukrainian government. It’s unclear if the casualties would be real or faked.
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