The Kremlin dismissed Friday as “unfounded” reports suggesting that Russia was planning a “false flag” operation in eastern Ukraine to create a pretext for an invasion.
“To date, all of these statements are unfounded and have not been confirmed by anything,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told state news agency TASS.
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A US official said on Friday that the United States was worried that Russia was preparing for an invasion of Ukraine, which could result in widespread human rights and war crimes, if diplomacy failed to achieve its goals.
“As part of its plans, Russia lays the groundwork for having the option of creating a pretext for invasion, including through sabotage activities and information operations, by accusing Ukraine of preparing a heavy attack on Russian troops in eastern Ukraine,” he said. said the official. , speaks on condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, Ukraine has proposed three-way talks with US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin amid fears of invasion, a Ukrainian aide told Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday.
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