White House spokesman Jen Psaki said Russia has sent officers to Ukraine who have been trained in urban warfare and can use explosives against the rebels. And then Ukraine will be blamed.
“We are concerned that the Russian government is preparing for an invasion,” Psaki said. The White House did not release any other details. A US official told Reuters news agency that the intelligence was based on intercepted communications and monitoring of people’s movements. Ukrainian media reported on Friday that the Ukrainian government is also convinced that Russia wants to create a pretext for its invasion.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Friday that US intelligence agencies have not yet determined whether Russia will actually attack. But according to Sullivan, the Russians are preparing for an invasion under false pretenses, if Putin decides to go on the offensive.
According to the Kremlin, the US reports are “baseless.” The Russians say they do not intend to invade Ukraine. However, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said again on Friday that Russia expects a written response from the United States and NATO to Russia’s demands next week. “Our patience is running out,” Lavrov told a news conference.