US warns Russia could stage ground invasion of Ukraine

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US warns Russia could stage ground invasion of Ukraine

Washington - January 15, ANI The US intelligence agencies monitoring Russian cyber operations against Ukraine believe Russia's pattern of activity could signal a ground invasion of Ukraine within the next 30 days, US officials said on Friday.

We have information that shows that Russia is already working to create a pretext for a potential invasion, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby told reporters on Friday.

Kirby said to reporters: "One could imagine, right, that an attack like that is meant to disrupt capability to try to dissuade action, to try to change the behaviours or leadership decisions inside Ukraine. I mean, for any number of reasons, not to mention just to intimidate. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the Biden administration was concerned that Russia would stage such an attack, and was similar to what Moscow did in 2014 when it accused Ukraine of planning an attack against Russian forces and warned that it could happen between mid-January and mid-February.

The Russian government is concerned that it is preparing for an invasion in Ukraine that could result in widespread human rights violations and war crimes if diplomacy fails to meet their objectives, Psaki said.

The US accuses the U.S. after a week of diplomatic engagement between the US, its European allies and Russia that ended on Thursday with no major breakthroughs. Moscow isn't committed to engaging in any future dialogue.

Washington has information that Moscow has positioned a group of operatives trained in urban warfare and used explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia's own proxy forces as part of the false-flag plans, as part of the false-flag plans, an official told reporters.

Russian influence actors are beginning to fabricate Ukrainian provocations on social media sites in order to justify a Russian intervention, according to the United States information.

Russia has massed tens of thousands of troops near Ukraine's border, sparking fears that Moscow may be planning to invade its neighbour in a similar way to when it annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014.

President Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow would face serious economic sanctions if Russia were to invade Ukraine. Moscow has denied any intentions of invading Ukraine.