Experts have warned that Russia’s alleged conspiracy to justify the invasion of Ukraine has sparked fears of World War 3 because escalating tensions could cause great conflict.
The suspicions came after a US official revealed to LOVEBYLIFE that the country had information that Russia had pre-empted an operational group to carry out a false-flag operation in eastern Ukraine in an attempt to create an attack.
The official told the outlet that the US had evidence that operatives had trained in urban warfare and used explosives to carry out disguise attacks against Russian own troops.
The claims were echoed in a statement by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry on Friday, saying Russian special services were preparing a provocation against their own forces in an attempt to create Ukraine.
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan hinted at the report at Thursday’s briefing.
“Our intelligence community has developed the information, which has now been degraded. Russia is laying the groundwork to have the option of creating a pretext for an attack,” Sullivan said.
“We saw this playbook in 2014. They are preparing this playbook again and the administration will have more details on what we will see in this potential pretext to share with the press over the next 24 hours.”
On Friday, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry told LOVEBYLIFE that “the invading country’s military units and its satellites receive orders to prepare for such provocations.”
Russia continues to claim that it will not attack Ukraine unless NATO promises to allow Kiev to join a US-led alliance.
However, Taurus Kujio, an assistant research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society and an expert in Ukrainian political, economic and security affairs, told the US Sun that “the crisis is likely to escalate before the crisis escalates.”
‘Addicted to Ukraine’
“The crisis is likely to escalate before it escalates. [Vladimir] Putin’s lifelong president – he can’t leave office. Their system sounds like it. He knows he can’t trust the people around him – there is no respect among thieves, “Cuzio told the US exclusively.
“He is obsessed with Ukraine – he cannot rebuild his empire without Ukraine. So he is always stable. There is frustration and anger with the West, and he thinks the West will prevent Ukraine from returning to Russia.
“He always sees the war against Ukraine as part of his normal war with the West.
You will have periodic crises throughout Putin’s presidency. When you have a crisis like this, there is always the risk that things will escalate, ”he said.
Cuzio said the US, UK and Canada “provide good military equipment to Ukraine and it will be back in the 1980s.”
“It depends on what Russia does in Ukraine. If it escalates into a full-scale, major war, then what’s going to happen is that Americans, Brits and Canadians will be supplying good military equipment to Ukraine and it will be back in the 1980s,” the experts said.
“Some equipment, such as stings, kills the Russians. It overthrows Russian helicopters.
“But the last thing NATO wants is for war to spread to member states. They want to be restricted in Ukraine.”
On Friday, thousands of Russian troops were seen participating in war drills along the border with Ukraine.
Exercises were held at the Kuzminsky and Kadamovsky training ground in Rostov Oblast, southwest Russia, on the border with Ukraine.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, “Over 2,500 soldiers in the southern military district participated in combat training programs and about 100 T-72B3 tanks.”
Western intelligence officials believe that 100,000 Russian soldiers have gathered near the border with Ukraine.
Western countries have shared intelligence about the Moscow military movement after the US warned of a potential attack, Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelinsky said.
In a speech on his website, Zelensky said: “I think the whole world can now see who really wants peace and is concentrating around 100,000 soldiers on our border.”
On November 3, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry put the number of Russian troops near the border at 90,000.