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.