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US: Russia Planning ‘False Flag’ Event as Pretext to Ukraine Invasion

FILE - In this photo, a light rain falls outside the White House in Washington, Jan. 28, 2022.

The U.S. government says it has obtained intelligence about a Russian plan to create a mass casualty event as pretext for an invasion of Ukraine.

According to U.S. officials, Russia is looking to stage a fabricated assault by Ukrainian military or intelligence personnel that it would use to justify moving its forces across the border. A propaganda video with graphic scenes would be released claiming it is evidence of an attack.

Administration officials have not released any concrete evidence of the plan or details about how it was uncovered, contending that would jeopardize intelligence sources and methods.