A Russian invasion of Ukraine could happen “any day now.” However, a diplomatic path forward remains, the U.S. national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said Sunday as the White House increasingly warns of Russian military action.
The video would depict civilian casualties in eastern Ukraine and possibly in Russia. It would feature Bayraktar drones like those provided by Turkey to Ukraine to implicate NATO.
The U.S. believes Russia has already recruited actors to play Russian mourners in the video, which could be used to accuse Ukraine of genocide against Russian-speaking people, justifying open Russian military intervention in Ukraine.
Though the plan was approved at high levels in Moscow and Russian intelligence is “intimately involved,” it remains unclear exactly which officials or organizations were involved.
The Kremlin continues to dismiss concerns about a Ukraine invasion as “hysteria.”
Russia has assembled at least 70 percent of the military firepower it likely intends to have in place by mid-month to give President Vladimir Putin the option of launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, U.S. officials say.
The Biden administration has taken a hard line against the scrutiny of reports on Ukrainian and Russian relations, repeatedly dismissing critical lines of questioning as “Russian talking points” and “misinformation.”
The Pentagon said it had intelligence that Russia planned to “stage a fake attack” to encourage war with Ukraine. Associated Press reporter Matt Lee, who covers the State Department, pressed Price for evidence to back up the allegation and said it could be “Alex Jones territory.”
Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said Sunday Morning Ukraine still sees a diplomatic solution as the most likely outcome, according to French news agency AFP: “An honest assessment of the situation suggests that the chance of finding a diplomatic solution for de-escalation is still substantially higher than the threat of further escalation.”
Ukraine has repeatedly suggested the U.S. exaggerates the Russian threat. Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden Administration will no longer refer to a Russian attack as “imminent.”
Russia has assembled at least 70 percent of the military firepower it likely intends to have in place by mid-month to give President Putin the option of launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, U.S. officials say.
It is speculated at the percent Russia’s military is at. There could be a full-scale invasion as soon as 72-hours.