US security agencies have received information that Russia is preparing a fictitious attack on pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine to justify a possible invasion of the country.
The perpetrator of this possible attack would be a group of urban guerrilla agents who could carry out acts of sabotage using explosives against “Russia-affiliated forces,” an official source told CNN, on condition that they remain anonymous.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan had already raised the idea during a meeting with the media on Thursday, in which he linked this strategy with the strategy that came before Russia’s announcement of the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014.
“Our intelligence services have put together the information, which can now be released, that Russia is laying the groundwork for having the ability to invent the pretext for an invasion. We saw this move back in 2014 and will soon have more details,” said he
According to the CNN source, every day the White House is more and more convinced that Russia is already completing preparations for the invasion. “The Russian army plans to begin these activities a few weeks before a military invasion, which could take place between mid-January and mid-February,” he said.
The US secret services have also noticed an increase in activities against the Ukrainian authorities on social networks. The number of publications accusing Kiev of human rights violations and an increase in belligerent rhetoric rose in December “to an average of almost 3,500 a day, 200 percent more than the daily average in November”.
In the past few hours, the Ukrainian executive has denounced the fact that several government websites, including those of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, were “hacked” in the early hours of the morning from Thursday to Friday.
Shortly after the incident became known, the EU announced that it would mobilize all of its resources to help Ukraine in the face of this massive cyber attack on Ukrainian state institutions.