US Warned of Russian 'False Flag' Ukraine operation

Mick West

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Jan 14 2022
A Pentagon spokesman said Russian operatives were planning a "false-flag" operation, to allow Moscow to accuse Ukraine of preparing an attack. Russia has dismissed the claims.

Mr Kirby told reporters on Friday about what he said were Russia's plans.

"It has pre-positioned a group of operatives to conduct what we call a false-flag operation, an operation designed to look like an attack on them or Russian speaking people in Ukraine as an excuse to go in," he said.

The operatives were trained in urban warfare and using explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against pro-Russian rebels, US officials said.

There have been lots of rumblings regarding possible Russian action in Ukraine. This seems the most significant so far.

"False-Flags" have been a common topic of discussion on Metabunk, but generally because any significant event, from 9/11 to a school shooting, is suspected by conspiracists of being a false-flag.

There's obviously going to be a significant propaganda effort on all sides, especially if something happens.

Interestingly Russia itself made a similar accusation back in 2018, saying the US was orchestrating a false-flag in Damascus. Nothing ever came of it, but RT devoted a lot of space over several days in pushing the story.
25 Aug, 2018 06:24

The US and its allies are preparing new airstrikes on Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that militants are poised to stage a chemical weapons attack in order to frame Damascus and provide a pretext for the strikes.


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On 13 January, speaking at a press briefing, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan: "Russia is laying the groundwork to have the option of fabricating a pretext" ( )
That sounds rather vague.

Ukraine is difficult in terms of CT, as the opinion that the February 2018 sniper shootings on the Maidan in Kiev were a false flag operation still exists.
Attribution of the attack on MH17 was difficult as well.

At this point, I wouldn't want to predict who's going to do what.


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In 1939 Nazi Germany used false-flag attacks to justify the invasion of Poland. Yes, really: they claimed they were responding to Polish aggression, having staged some attacks on German soil by German troops in Polish uniforms. Of course, behind the scenes they had already agreed with Stalin's USSR to divide up Poland between them, while the USSR also occupied the Baltic states and tried invading Finland. (That part didn't go so well.) Putin and the Russians will be well aware of this. The Russian takeover of the Crimea, and the incitement of ethnic Russians in the Donetz region of Ukraine, are moves right out of Hitler's playbook.
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