US says Russia is preparing pretext to invade Ukraine

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US says Russia is preparing pretext to invade Ukraine
“We have reason to believe they are engaged in a false flag operation to have an excuse to go in. Every indication we have is they’re prepared to go into Ukraine and attack Ukraine,” Biden said.
By LAHAV HARKOV, REUTERS
Published: FEBRUARY 17, 2022

There was every indication, and still is now, that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine in the next few days and has been preparing a pretext to justify it, US President Joe Biden said on Thursday, after Ukrainian forces and pro-Moscow rebels traded fire in eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin accused Biden of stoking tension, and released a strongly worded letter that said Washington was ignoring its security demands, and threatening unspecified “military-technical measures.” Moscow also ejected the No. 2 official from the US Embassy.

An early morning exchange of fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists stoked alarm, with Western officials who have long warned that Moscow could try to create a scenario to justify an invasion saying they believed that was now unfolding. “We have reason to believe they are engaged in a false flag operation to have an excuse to go in,” Biden told reporters as he departed the White House. “Every indication we have is they’re prepared to go into Ukraine and attack Ukraine. My sense is this will happen in the next several days.”

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