MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Sun, 03 Jul 2022 20:48:15 +0000 Kirby: Intel on Russian operatives 'very credible' http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/72e0a416418549319dccaa27bd552775 U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, and Moscow has already prepositioned operatives to conduct "a false-flag operation" in eastern Ukraine. (Jan. 14) 72e0a416418549319dccaa27bd552775 Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:07:49 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEWashington , DC - 14 January 20221. Wide of Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby at podiumANNOTATION: Kirby: Intel on Russian operatives 'very credible'ANNOTATION: The White House says U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine.Pentagon spokesman John Kirby described the intelligence as "very credible." 2. SOUNDBITE (English) John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary:"We've certainly seen this playbook before, particularly in 2014, with their illegal annexation occupation of Crimea. Without getting into too much detail. We do have information that indicates that Russia is already working actively to create a pretext for a for a potential invasion for, you know, a move on Ukraine. In fact, we have information that they've 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 and we already have, in addition, indications that Russian influence actors are already starting to already starting to fabricate Ukrainian provocations that in both state and social media to again try to justify and advance some sort of pretext for incursion. I'm not at liberty to go into a whole lot more detail than that, but I hope that by the fact that we can say this as confidently as we can you, you can take away that, that there's a fidelity here to the information that we have that we believe is very credible. And again, we've seen this kind of thing before out of Russia, when there isn't an actual crisis to suit their needs. They'll make one up."++EDIT ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:The White House says U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, and Moscow has already prepositioned operatives to conduct "a false-flag operation" in eastern Ukraine. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the intelligence findings show Russia is also laying the groundwork through a social media disinformation campaign that frames Ukraine as an aggressor in the crisis. Psaki charged that Russia has already dispatched operatives trained in urban warfare who could use explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia's own proxy forces - blaming the acts on Ukraine - if Russian President Vladimir Putin decides he wants to move forward with an invasion.Pentagon spokesman John Kirby described the intelligence as "very credible." "We've seen this kind of thing before out of Russia, when there isn't an actual crisis to suit their needs. They'll make one up," he added.A U.S. official, who was not authorized to comment on the intelligence and spoke on condition of anonymity, said much of it was gleaned from intercepted communications and observations of the movements of people.The U.S. intelligence findings, which were declassified and shared with U.S. allies before being made public, estimate that a military invasion could begin between mid-January and mid-February.Ukraine is also monitoring the potential use of disinformation by Russia. Separately, Ukrainian media on Friday reported that authorities believed Russian special services were planning a possible false flag incident to provoke additional conflict.The new U.S. intelligence was unveiled after a series of talks between Russia and the U.S. and its Western allies this week in Europe aimed at heading off the escalating crisis made little progress.In addition, a cyberattack left a number of Ukrainian government websites temporarily unavailable Friday, officials said.Kirby told 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 behaviors or the leadership decisions inside Ukraine. I mean, any number of reasons, not to mention just to intimidate."It wasn't immediately clear who was responsible the cyber disruption which came amid heightened tensions with Russia.Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko told The Associated Press it was too soon to say who was behind it, "but there is a long record of Russian cyber assaults against Ukraine in the past." 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U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, and Moscow has already prepositioned operatives to conduct "a false-flag operation" in eastern Ukraine. (Jan. 14) Kirby: Intel on Russian operatives 'very credible'