White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that the United States is in possession of information stating that Russia plans to fabricate an event that would give Russia the excuse it needs to invade Ukraine.
“As part of its plans, Russia’s laying the groundwork to have the option of fabricating a pretext for invasion,” Psaki told a press briefing. “We have information that indicates Russia has already pre-positioned a group of operatives to conduct a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine. The operatives are trained in urban warfare and in using explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia’s own proxy forces.”
Psaki said the information that had a hold of, included evidence of sabotage and information operations and are similar to what was seen in Crimea in 2014, which led to Crimea becoming part of Russia.
According to the Press Secretary, the Russian Military plans to launch ‘activities’ weeks before a potential invasion and this could be seen to begin from the end of January into February.
She added that Russian crisis actors had been engaged in fabricating provocations in the Ukraine against its own proxy Russian military, of which the west will be blamed for the rising tensions.
Department of Defense spokesperson John Kirby said:
“We have information that they [Russia] 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 their people, or Russian speaking people in Ukraine, again, as an excuse to go in,” Kirby said during a press briefing. “We already have indications that Russian influence actors are already starting to fabricate Ukrainian provocations in both state and social media, to try to justify in advance some sort of pretext for incursion.”
What kind of intelligence the U.S has, was not disclosed by Kirby. He did say, however, that the only reason the U.S are talking about it, is so Russia knows, that they know what they’re up to.
Russia continues to deny it has any intentions of invading Ukraine, but saying it has the right to move troops to the border because of NATO.
MEANWHILE IN CHINA…
The Chinese Communists are busily reaffirming their alliance with Iran and stated that China opposes the sanctions put on Iran from the United States.
The Iranian Ayatollah Khamenei at the very same time, released a video, simulating the assassination of former President Donald Trump as his home in Mar-A-Lago. The Biden Administration of course was silent about it.
According to a report from Reuters:
China reaffirmed its opposition to unilateral sanctions by the United States against Iran as the Chinese and Iranian foreign ministers announced the launch of a 25-year cooperation agreement aimed at strengthening economic and political ties.
In a meeting on Friday in the city of Wuxi, in Jiangsu province, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also backed efforts to revive a 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Iran.
A summary of the meeting between Wang and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian was posted on China’s foreign ministry website on Saturday.
Wang, who is also State Councilor, said the U.S. bore primary responsibility for the ongoing difficulties with Iran, having unilaterally withdrawn from a 2015 nuclear deal between the major powers and Iran.
Under the terms of that deal, in return for the lifting of international sanctions, Iran would limit uranium enrichment activity, making it harder to develop nuclear arms – although Tehran denies having plans for nuclear weapons.
THE U.S. ARMY IS HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING RECRUITS
While China, Russia and Iran look to be set to unleash war, the U.S Army is struggling to find new recruits, even offering $50,000 as a sign on bonus isn’t enough to entice new soldiers.
Previously, the sign on cap was $40,000 but desperate times call for desperate measures.
Major General Kevin Vereen told the Associated Press:
“We are still living the implications of 2020 and the onset of COVID, when the school systems basically shut down,” said Vereen. “We lost a full class of young men and women that we didn’t have contact with, face-to-face.”
“We’re in a competitive market,” said Vereen.
“How we incentivize is absolutely essential, and that is absolutely something that we know that is important to trying to get somebody to come and join the military.”
The Major General did not comment on whether or not the vaccine mandates bought in by Biden, affected the recruitment rate.