Senior U.S. officials have revealed that the Kremlin is preparing to make a fabricated video to justify an invasion of Ukraine. According to officials speaking on the condition of anonymity, the intelligence community has evidence that Russia intends to produce a graphic video as a pretext for invasion.
Analysts claim that any doctored footage would either show an ambush of Russian soldiers in a border raid by Ukraine or a massacre of ethnic Russians living in Ukraine.
As USA Today reports:
The military equipment used in the fabricated attack will be made to look like it is Ukrainian or from allied nations, the officials said.
U.S. officials believe that Russia will release the fake video publicly to make it appear that Ukraine is a threat to Moscow’s security and to justify a military assault on its neighbor.
The intelligence comes as U.S. officials have warned of a possible Russian attack against Ukraine and as the U.S. and its NATO allies have been engaged in diplomatic talks with Moscow to avert a war.
According to The Washington Post, Russia has already hired actors for the video.
The plan is related to but separate from other plots that have been disclosed by Western intelligence, including Russia’s placement of saboteurs in eastern Ukraine and another alleged scheme, revealed last month by the British government, to destabilize the Ukrainian government and install a pro-Russian figure at its head, officials said.
Senior members of the intelligence community say the latest plan was formulated by Russian security services and is in the advanced stages of preparation.
The Biden administration is expected to release the full details of the plan later today.
In the meantime, Russia’s ambassador to the EU vigorously denies the Biden administration’s charges.