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NYT: Russia is going to evacuate 30 diplomats from Ukraine According to the source of the publication, the children and wives of diplomats left Ukraine in early January. In the coming days, he added, it is expected that 30 employees of consulates in Kiev and Lvov will leave the country
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Diplomats at two Russian consulates in Ukraine have been ordered to prepare to leave the country. This was reported by The New York Times newspaper with reference to a high-ranking official of the Ukrainian security service.
At the same time, the source of the publication specified that 18 people— mostly children and wives of Russian diplomats— left Ukraine on 5 January. About 30 more people will soon leave the consulates in Kiev and Lvov, he added.
A US official said that Washington was aware of the impending evacuation. “We have information indicating that the Russian government was preparing to evacuate their family members from the Russian embassy in Ukraine in late December and early January,” The statement notes.
They also clarified that Russian President Vladimir Putin still has not made a final decision on the “invasion”; to Ukraine.
RBC sent a request to the Russian Embassy in Ukraine.
The situation on the borders of Ukraine escalated last fall, when several foreign media reported that Russia was preparing an “invasion”. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied all accusations and noted that the movement of troops across the territory of Russia— it is her internal affair. President Vladimir Putin, in turn, spoke about increased NATO activity near the Russian borders.
In mid-December, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent proposals on security guarantees to the US and NATO. They contained a clause on the non-expansion of the alliance to the east, in particular on the obligation not to accept Ukraine and Georgia into the bloc. Negotiations on them with Washington and NATO took place on January 10 and 12. The press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, following the results of the talks, said that they were unsuccessful.
After that, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Russia was laying the foundation to fabricate a pretext for “invasion” to Ukraine, which, according to her, should take place between mid-January and mid-February. US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, in turn, warned that the US had prepared 18 scenarios for sanctions in the event of an “invasion” Russia against Ukraine.
Peskov responded by saying that the sanctions under consideration, including those against the country’s leadership, could lead to a complete cessation of relations between the countries, “which would not be in the interests of either Moscow or Washington.” Peskov invited the US authorities to “remember at least some example of a situation where sanctions helped solve their problem.”
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The Foreign Ministry responded to the NYT article about the evacuation of Russian diplomats from Ukraine
The Foreign Ministry responded to the NYT article on the evacuation of diplomats: The Embassy in Ukraine is operating normally Earlier, The New York Times reported on the evacuation of 30 employees of Russian consulates in Kiev and Lvov. The Russian ministry responded by saying that the embassy in Kiev is operating normally
The Russian Embassy in Kiev is operating normally. This was reported to TASS in the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Earlier, The New York Times, citing a high-ranking Ukrainian security official, reported on the preparations for the evacuation of 30 employees of the Russian consulates in Kiev and Lvov.
“The Russian Embassy in Kiev operates in normal mode»,— told the agency in response to a request for comment on an American newspaper publication.
Oleg Nikolenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, told Interfax-Ukraine that the ministry had not received any information from the Russian side about the evacuation of diplomatic staff from the country. He stressed that, for its part, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry at the moment also does not plan to evacuate Ukrainian diplomats from Russia. “On the territory of Russia, the embassy in Moscow, the general consulates in St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don, and the consulates in Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk are functioning normally. Despite the difficult conditions, our diplomats and consuls continue to successfully carry out the tasks assigned to them, — Nikolenko clarified.
As noted by the source of The New York Times, 18 people— mostly children and wives of Russian diplomats— left Ukraine on January 5th. The US official clarified that Washington was aware of the impending evacuation. They also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin still has not made a final decision on the “invasion”; to Ukraine.
Reports about the preparation of the Russian “invasion” appeared in foreign media at the end of October last year. After that, Western and Ukrainian politicians started talking about the alleged invasion. Russia has repeatedly denied such accusations. Putin, in turn, noted the increased activity of NATO near the Russian borders.
In mid-December, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent proposals on security guarantees to the United States and NATO. They contained a clause on the non-expansion of the alliance to the east, in particular on the obligation not to accept Ukraine and Georgia into the bloc. Negotiations on them with Washington and NATO took place on January 10 and 12. The press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, following the results of the talks, said that they were unsuccessful.
After the talks, the US State Department warned American citizens about the unsafety of traveling to Ukraine due to “threats” from the Russian side. The Government of Canada issued a similar warning to its citizens. In addition, according to the Global News channel, Canada deployed part of the special forces to Ukraine to assist in the need to evacuate diplomatic personnel from the country.
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Negotiations between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock are taking place in Moscow. Among the topics of the talks are Russian security proposals and Ukraine. RBC has been broadcasting live since the beginning of the meeting
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State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that NATO allegedly seeks to occupy Ukraine. In this regard, the alliance is conducting informational preparations for the advancement of forces on Ukrainian territory.
Speaking at the opening of the spring session, Volodin stressed that NATO advisers and instructors are already there. According to him, now they are thinking “how to justify the introduction of troops.”
And also, in recent months, American congressmen and representatives of the State Department have been scaring the whole world with Russia's alleged plans to invade Ukraine. However, in reality, “Washington is trying to justify its expansion and the advance of NATO troops to Russian borders.” And now it is extremely important to conduct a dialogue on security guarantees.
Volodin also noted that Washington needs to revise its foreign policy doctrine. The U.S. should stop threatening because it will do nothing but complicate relations.
The New York Times previously reported, citing a senior SBU official, that diplomats at two Russian consulates in Ukraine were allegedly ordered to prepare for leaving the country. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation denied this information.
According to the New York Times, citing a senior Ukrainian security official, diplomats at two Russian consulates in Ukraine, it was ordered to prepare to leave the country.
It is reported that on January 5, 18 people left Kiev. These were mostly the children and wives of Russian diplomats. 30 people from Kiev and Lvov will also leave Ukraine.
Washington knew about the impending evacuation.
Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, in an interview with reporters, explained that it was Ukraine that became the “apple discord” between Russia and NATO.
According to Peskov, the gradual and purposeful advancement of the North Atlantic Alliance to the East is a threat to stability and security in Europe, which the Russian side cannot ignore.
“The Armed Forces of Ukraine will scatter just like the Afghan army”
Kyiv's refusal to implement the Minsk agreements and a direct threat from the armed forces of Ukraine to the population of Donbass may meet with a harsh military response from Russia. At the same time, the Ukrainian army does not have a single chance not to be defeated in the very first hours. Yakov Kedmi, an Israeli diplomat and political scientist, former head of the Nativ intelligence service, thinks so.
Photo: en.wikipedia.org Mark Nakoykher.
In the West, the topic of the impending “Russian invasion” of Ukraine has been on the information agenda for the second month. Leading media even publish maps of the alleged directions of the Russian offensive. However, according to Kedmi, Russia will not need any invasion to bring the Kiev regime to reason.
“To defeat the Ukrainian army, nothing needs to be introduced,” Kedmi said on January 18 on the air of the Solovyov Live YouTube channel. – … The Ukrainian army is so primitively arranged … One powerful fire strike, it doesn’t matter – with rockets, artillery and others, which will practically destroy all headquarters, all communication systems, all surveillance systems and tank, artillery units. The beginning of it will lead to the fact that the army will disintegrate … The first goal is command (points), control systems, communications. As soon as this disappears, the army turns into a crowd under the slogan “save yourself who can.”
According to Kedmi, a military solution to the problem is “a matter of several hours.”
“History teaches: this Bandera pack, it was always the first to flee from the battlefield. Is always. Today everything will fall apart like a house of cards, – said Kedmi. “…The government in Ukraine has discredited itself so much that no one will fight for it.”
According to Kedmi, “the collapse of the Ukrainian army will be similar to the collapse of the Afghan army.” He noted that, with all the differences, both armies have much in common: “both there, and there, there is varying degrees of corruption.”
“The readiness to defend the Kiev regime on the part of the Ukrainian army is not so higher than the protect the corrupt regime in Afghanistan from the Afghan army. Only idiotically naive Americans could count on the Afghan army and the Afghan security services. They have absolutely no idea who they are dealing with. Who said that they are more reasonable in relation to Ukraine?” Kedmi asked rhetorically.
: “finita la comedy,” the expert concluded.
The Ministry of Defense of Canada sent a special forces unit to Ukraine because of fears of an escalation of the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border, Global News TV channel reports, citing sources.
According to it, in the event of an aggravation of the situation, the detachment will develop a plan for the evacuation of Canadian diplomatic mission employees from the country.
However, neither the Ministry of Defense nor the government officially confirmed this information to the channel's correspondents.
Recall that since Since 2015, the Canadian Armed Forces have also been training soldiers and officers of the Ukrainian army as part of Operation Unifier.
Earlier, the Russian side has repeatedly denied Western accusations of “aggressive actions”, and also stated that it does not pose a threat to other states .
It was also reported that Ukraine will receive anti-tank defensive weapons systems from the UK.
Borrell: everyone could benefit from the revision of the European security architecture The EU is ready to take measures in case of “aggression” against Ukraine, but there is no talk of preventive restrictions, the diplomat said. He also did not rule out a revision of the European security architecture, which would be beneficial for everyone
On preventive restrictions against Russia in the event of an “invasion” is not going to Ukraine, said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
“Nobody is talking about preventive sanctions, there can be no preventive sanctions. We discuss what to do if something happens. <…> If it is necessary to act, we will have to act,— said Borrell.
At the same time, he noted that the European Union is ready in the event of “aggression” take action against Ukraine.
The European Union agrees that the architecture of European security needs to be revised, this could benefit everyone, the head of European diplomacy pointed out. “Revisiting the European Security Architecture Could Benefit Everyone,” — he thinks. At the same time, the diplomat pointed out that it is impossible to discuss the security of Europe without Europe itself. “No decisions can be made without the participation of Europeans”, — he noticed.
Western media and politicians have repeatedly reported on the concentration of Russian troops to the border with Ukraine and a possible “invasion” to a neighboring country.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, in particular, recently said, citing intelligence, that Russia is looking for a pretext for “aggression” against Ukraine. “Russia is working to create a reason for the invasion, including through sabotage, accusing Ukraine of preparing an attack on Russian forces in eastern Ukraine,” — he said. CNN reported that Moscow is preparing “a task force to carry out a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine.” Later, this information was confirmed by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. According to her, “attack” should happen between mid-January and mid-February.
The West is threatening to take drastic measures if this happens. Among them, Russia's disconnection from SWIFT and the restriction of the ruble's conversion.
The New York Times wrote that the United States could effectively ban the export of any consumer goods to Russia— from mobile phones and laptops to refrigerators and washing machines,— designed in the USA or which contain parts of American production.
Preventive measures were insisted, in particular, by the former Special Representative of the US State Department for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, who asked not to wait until « too late.” They also called for it in Ukraine.
Russia has repeatedly stated that the movement of troops on its own territory— her internal affairs. At the same time, the Kremlin assured that the country did not threaten anyone and was not going to attack anyone.
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Global News: Canada Moves Special Forces to Ukraine to Deter Russia The Canadian Special Forces Regiment, in particular, is to help evacuate diplomats in the event of a “full-scale invasion.” We are talking about a small number of transferred military
Canada transferred part of the special forces to Ukraine amid increased tensions in relations between Russia and the West, Global News reported, citing sources.
According to the channel, we are talking about the transfer “a small contingent of the Canadian Special Forces Regiment.” The sources said it was “part of an effort by NATO allies to contain Russian aggression in Ukraine and identify ways to help the Ukrainian government.” In addition, SWAT will assist in the evacuation of Canadian diplomats in the event of a “full-scale invasion”.
Officials have not officially confirmed this information to Global News.
“Canadian Special Operations Forces Command is part of a broader military effort to support Ukraine's security forces,”— only spokeswoman for the command Amber Bino said, adding that Canadian instructors have been training the Ukrainian military since 2020.
According to Global News, citing government data, the country has allocated about $700 million in aid to Kiev since 2014, including non-lethal weapons and sending instructors.
Earlier, the Canadian authorities recommended citizens to refrain from traveling to Ukraine “due to ongoing Russian aggression.”
Western media and politicians have repeatedly reported on Russia's pulling troops to the border with Ukraine and the upcoming “invasion”; to a neighboring country.
Recently, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan, in particular, said, citing intelligence, that Moscow is looking for a pretext for “aggression”; against Ukraine. The fictitious reason, according to him, could be the accusation of Kiev “of preparing an attack on Russian forces”; in Donbass. According to CNN, Moscow is preparing a “task force to carry out an operation in eastern Ukraine under a false flag.” Later, White House press secretary Jen Psaki also reported this. According to her, “attack” should take place from mid-January to mid-February.
Russia denies “invasion” plans; to Ukraine. The authorities have repeatedly called the movement of troops on their own territory an internal affair of the country. The Kremlin assured that the country does not threaten anyone and is not going to attack anyone.
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British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace made a statement in Parliament on January 17.
According to him, on Today, there are allegedly tens of thousands of Russian servicemen near the border with Ukraine. “Their deployment is not routine, and they are equipped with tanks, armored fighting vehicles, rocket artillery and short-range ballistic missiles,” the representative of the kingdom believes.
“Today, I can confirm to the House of Commons that in light of increasingly Russia's threatening behavior and in addition to our ongoing support, the UK is providing a new security assistance package to boost Ukraine's defense capabilities,” Wallace said.
In this regard, Britain will supply Ukraine with light, anti-tank, defensive weapons systems. A small number of British personnel will also conduct initial training over a short period of time as part of Operation ORBITAL
“The weapons supplied are purely defensive, non-strategic and do not pose a threat to Russia,” Wallace assured.
Last week, Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency William Burns paid an official visit to Kiev, where he discussed with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and representatives of the special services regional tensions. This was reported by CNN.
“Burns held several meetings in Kiev, where he advised his colleagues from intelligence about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine,” Natasha Bertrand, a journalist for the publication, noted on social networks, referring to an unnamed official. .
According to her, at the meetings, representatives of the two countries discussed “the risks faced by Ukraine.” Among other things, Burns met with President Vladimir Zelensky, discussed the current situation and efforts to de-escalate tensions.
Recall that Russia denies the aggressive plans attributed to it in the West towards Ukraine, and going beyond the “red lines” names the possibility of integrating the country into NATO.
Great Britain will supply Ukraine with light anti-tank defensive weapons systems. This was stated by the head of the British Ministry of Defense Ben Wallace.
According to him, these weapons are needed only “for self-defense” in view of Russia's allegedly threatening behavior.
“They are not a strategic weapon and do not pose a threat to Russia”, – TASS quotes his words.
Wallace added that at the initial stage, British military personnel will instruct Ukrainian colleagues.
Earlier it became known that the US presidential administration at the end of December authorized the allocation of additional military equipment to Ukraine assistance in the amount of $200 million.
Recall, the Kremlin believes that NATO is gradually invading Ukraine with its infrastructure, weapons and training of the Ukrainian military. In addition, the Russian side has repeatedly stressed that it does not threaten anyone with military actions.
They tried not to let the ex-president into the country by taking away his passport
On January 17, the fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, returned home from Poland to go to court directly from the airport. The leader of European Solidarity arranged his return to Kiev on a grand scale: on Sunday, a group of people's deputies of Ukraine and a solid landing of chief editors of the Kiev media went to Warsaw to meet Poroshenko.
Already at night, Petro Poroshenko handed out the last interviews (they all came out promptly in the morning) and with all this company he fit into a regular regular flight of a Polish airline. Accordingly, there were an overabundance of landing streams, photos from the plane – the fifth president of Ukraine flew with his wife emphatically “like everyone else”, in economy class, but in full dress, in a snow-white shirt with a tie.
Meanwhile, preparations for the arrival were raging in Kiev. In the evening, telephone terrorists previously “mined” the three largest shopping centers in the Ukrainian capital and both airports – in Zhuliany and Boryspil. From all over the country, party organizations of “European Solidarity” organizedly collected people in pre-hired buses, their journey to Kiev was accompanied by minor provocations – in the Cherkasy region, the road was blocked by trucks, the transport was met with additional police checks, and the passengers of the bus from Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, did reporting from checks at every military checkpoint in the Donbass. But at the same time, the people arrived safely in Kiev anyway – the organizers talked about 25 thousand, Poroshenko – about 15. By eye, there were exactly five thousand people meeting with flags under the airport.
Having arranged a free show for Poroshenko to raise his rating, the Office of the President of Ukraine could not and still cannot decide on the measure of influence on the situation. There was no high-profile arrest of Poroshenko upon arrival. But there was a fight at passport control. During the scuffle, Poroshenko's passport was taken away, the investigators of the State Bureau of Investigation (State Bureau of Investigation – Ukrainian) were beaten on their sides and were not allowed to read the text of suspicion of high treason. The fight actually went on for time – Poroshenko had a trial ahead at 11:00, which had to be in time at all costs, so that the prosecutors would not have an excuse to demand a pre-trial detention center due to the absence of the accused in the dock.
At passport control, Poroshenko was simply not allowed to pass – with dozens of cameras, it was difficult, fun and scandalous. The border guard girl and her superiors couldn’t really explain anything about the essence of the delay, they simply didn’t put a stamp on Poroshenko’s arrival in Poroshenko’s passport, and nearby, through the crowd, DBR investigators tried to break through to the glass window. The plot was absurd and gave the first hilarious video of January 17th. In the end, one of the investigators broke into the “office” of the border guard under the cameras and simply took away Poroshenko’s passport. The whole crowd of people's deputies, journalists, film crews, surrounding Petro Poroshenko, immediately rushed further into the hall, dropping the unfortunate DBR investigator with papers along the way. For about 15 minutes, Petro Poroshenko was taken away by this brawl, but they couldn’t disrupt the rally either.
“There is gunpowder – we’ll give fire!” – such a new slogan of the new presidential campaign of Petro Poroshenko, thrown into the crowd by the organizers near the airport “Zhulyany”, sounded ridiculous, because due to discord it sometimes looked like: “There is gunpowder – we will give coal!!!” – it is for the purchase of coal in the mines on the territory of the LDNR that the ex-president of Ukraine is accused of treason.
What is happening is similar to the start of an early presidential campaign – shouting about the fifth president, who will soon become the “seventh”, was also launched into the crowd over and over again by the organizers.
Petro Poroshenko in his speech supported the heat and spoke about those who had already been crossed by the authorities “red lines”. From his point of view, the accusation of “high treason” is just too much.
The trial, as Poroshenko is being prevented, started in Kiev with a delay – sources from the Office of the President of Ukraine claimed the day before that the legal action would be dragged out as much as possible . A billion bail will be reduced to one hundred million hryvnias, and Petro Poroshenko will be sentenced to house arrest following the example of Viktor Medvedchuk.
Poroshenko has already demonstrated that he will actively attack the authorities on all fronts, trying to gather and build the backbone of a mass protest in case of more significant the mistakes of Volodymyr Zelensky and more weighty reasons for the people of Kiev to take to the squares – for example, rolling blackouts promised in February.
Former Minister of Energy of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchishin , suspected in the case of coal supplies from the territory of Donbass, has been put on the international wanted list, TASS reports.
Advisor of the State Bureau of Investigation of Ukraine Tatiana Sapyan said
In December last year, the Pechersky District Court of Kiev decided to detain Demchishin in a criminal case on coal supplies from Donbass, since the investigation has data about his involvement in the conclusion of agreements on the shipment of raw materials.
In the same period the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko was also summoned to the court for questioning in this case.
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Former President of Ukraine and leader of the European Solidarity party Petro Poroshenko “ran away” from the subpoena, which employees of the State Bureau of Investigation were going to hand over to him at the Kiev airport. This was stated by the representative of the State Bureau of Investigation Tatyana Sapyan at a briefing.
“Pyotr Alekseevich Poroshenko’s lawyers assured that they would receive all procedural documents, but after passing through border control, they ran away by creating an artificial crowd,” she said.
Poroshenko is a defendant in a criminal case on the supply of Donbass coal in 2014-2015. On December 17, he left the country under the pretext of a “diplomatic tour”. On Monday, January 17, he arrived in Kiev to stand trial. At the same time, he said that he would not allow himself to be put behind bars.
At the airport in Kiev, at the passport control point, Poroshenko's passport was taken away. The politician said that in this way they are trying to prevent him from entering the country. The document was later returned. The media also reported that the ex-president spoke at a rally of his supporters, which took place right at the airport.
In the LPR, they reported the shelling of the village of Molodyozhnoye by the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Ukrainian security forces fired on the territory of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic, RIA Novosti writes with reference to the LPR representative office in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Regime (JCCC).
In total during days, one violation of the ceasefire regime was recorded by the armed formations of Ukraine, the officer of the LPR representation in the JCCC noted. a grenade launcher and a heavy machine gun.
Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia is strongly opposed to a military solution to the Donbass problem, which, according to him, is “a road to nowhere.”
January 11, in the self-proclaimed DPR, they announced the shelling of the village by Ukrainian security forces. The representative office of the republic in the JCCC reported that the fire was from grenade launchers.
Canada advised citizens not to travel unnecessarily to Ukraine due to “Russian aggression” The authorities issued a warning due to “aggression” of Russia, as well as the presence of its troops near the border. Citizens advised to refrain from non-essential travel
The Government of Canada has revised its risk assessment of Ukraine and advised citizens not to travel to the country unless absolutely necessary, according to the government website.
“Avoid non-essential travel to Ukraine due to ongoing Russian aggression and troop presence in and out of the country,” — reported in the “Risk level” section.
Regarding Crimea, as well as the unrecognized DPR and LPR, there is a recommendation to refuse all travel.
In another section, on security, it says that since November 2021, there has been an increased threat posed by Russia associated with the deployment of troops near the Ukrainian border. “Safety conditions are unpredictable and can suddenly deteriorate,” — government website says.
“Russia's military actions in Ukraine could disrupt transport and services throughout the country,” also approved in the release.— This can seriously affect the ability of the embassy to provide consular services.
In December, the foreign ministers of the countries— members of the G7, which includes Canada, issued a statement condemning Russia's military buildup along the border with Ukraine, as well as Russian “aggressive rhetoric” regarding Kiev. They urged Moscow to reduce tensions in the region through diplomacy.
“Russia should not doubt that further military aggression against Ukraine will have large-scale consequences and will cost [for Russia] a lot,”— states stressed.
Russia has repeatedly stated that the movement of troops across its territory is an internal affair of the country. At the same time, the Kremlin assured that the increase in capacity does not pose a threat to any state and is not directed against any of the countries.
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The Security Service of Ukraine, together with the State Special Communications Service and the Cyber Police, continues to investigate a cyber attack on the websites of state authorities that occurred on the night of January 13-14 2022.
In total, more than 70 government websites were attacked, 10 of which were subjected to unauthorized interference.
The content of the sites was not changed, and no personal data was leaked.
At the initiative of the SBU, a number of critical state resources were disabled, including the public services portal.
The attackers hacked into the infrastructure of a commercial company that had administrative access to the web resources affected by the attack.
So far, we can say that there are some signs of involvement in the incident of hacker groups associated with special Russian security services, the SBU said in a statement.
Dmitry Peskov: Russia excludes the deployment of offensive weapons in Ukraine According to Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin ruled out the deployment of offensive weapons in Ukraine. Earlier, Bloomberg quoted Peskov as saying that Russia would not give guarantees of non-deployment of offensive weapons
Russia excludes for itself the deployment of offensive weapons on the territory of Ukraine. This was stated by the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov in an interview with Ekho Moskvy, the editor-in-chief of the radio station Alexei Venediktov said in his Telegram channel.
“We cannot exclude that our partners (the United States and NATO) can deploy offensive weapons on the territory of Ukraine. For our part, we exclude for ourselves the deployment of offensive weapons there»— according to a message published by Venediktov.
According to Peskov, therefore, Russia requires legal guarantees for itself.
Earlier, Peskov gave an interview to CNN, which will air on Sunday. In an interview, according to Bloomberg, he said: “We will not say that we will not deploy any offensive weapons on the territory of Ukraine.”
In response to the question of RIA Novosti, does Russia really have such plans, Peskov replied: “These are their words. See context.
In late December 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden, in a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin, promised that the United States would not deploy offensive strike weapons in Ukraine, a Russian aide said. President Yuri Ushakov. At the same time, Biden said that in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, the United States would take “decisive measures.”
From January 10 to 13, three rounds of negotiations between Russia and the United States, NATO and the OSCE took place on Moscow's proposed security guarantees. The consultations ended without concrete results, the Russian side assessed them as unsuccessful.
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Peskov: relations with NATO approached the “red line” due to the “invasion” of the alliance in Ukraine NATO is approaching Russian borders, and the country cannot tolerate such a development, Peskov said. Under these conditions, Moscow is “forced to take precautionary measures”: Russian troops are near the Ukrainian border
Joint military exercises of NATO in Western Ukraine
Relations between Russia and NATO “came to the red line” due to the approach of the North Atlantic Alliance to Ukraine, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with CNN.
“We are witnessing a gradual NATO invasion of the territory of Ukraine with its infrastructure, its instructors, stocks of defensive and offensive weapons, training of the Ukrainian military and the like,” — he said (quote from RIA Novosti).
Peskov believes that the current situation poses a threat to stability and security in Europe and the “European security architecture”, and Moscow “can no longer tolerate” such a development.
“And this was the main reason why President Putin said: “Guys, for us this is— real threat»,— the spokesman added.
According to him, against the background of the “unfriendly atmosphere” due to NATO exercises and the advancement of its infrastructure to the east, Moscow is “forced to take precautionary measures.” “Russian troops are on the territory of the Russian Federation near the Ukrainian border, and we consider it necessary to leave them there in the face of a very tense situation,” — Peskov said. In an interview with “Echo of Moscow” the press secretary pointed out that the Kremlin ruled out the deployment of offensive weapons in Ukraine.
He also added that NATO, in the understanding of the Russian authorities— it is “an organization that was created for confrontation”, which every day approaches the borders of the country.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in December that NATO “has swung at the doorstep of our house,” which Russia will not put up with. President Vladimir Putin also said that the United States came with missiles to the “threshold of our house.” Clauses on non-expansion of NATO to the east, non-joining of the countries of the former USSR and a ban on military activity on the territory of Ukraine are contained in the draft security guarantee treaty that Russia sent to the alliance and the United States. They were discussed at a series of consultations between Russia, the United States and NATO, but the parties did not come to specific agreements.
NATO pointed out that they did not promise not to move eastward, and the decision to join the bloc of Ukraine should be taken Kiev and countries— alliance members. At the same time, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg insists that NATO support for Kiev does not pose a threat to Moscow.
For their part, Western countries, primarily the United States, believe that Russia is planning an “invasion” to Ukraine and is probably preparing a provocation as a pretext for this. The Russian authorities have repeatedly rejected these messages.
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So far, there is no unanimity of opinion in Stockholm on joining the North Atlantic Alliance
The Swedish armed forces have once again become more active – and again, as, basically, in all recent years, due to the “Russian threat” widely discussed by the West. At the end of the past week, drones were seen over at least two nuclear power plants in Sweden, and the country's authorities, in parallel with the investigation of these incidents, increased their military presence on the island of Gotland. We figured out how serious the danger declared by official Stockholm is and how far it is from the long-discussed accession of the Scandinavian country to NATO.
On Friday, January 14, over two nuclear power plants (NPP) in Sweden — “Forsmark” and “Oskarhamn” — two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of unknown origin were spotted. If the first news about the UAV was connected with the fact that one of the locals was “playing around” with drones, the authorities later called the incident extremely serious. This was backed up by reports of an unidentified craft flying over the Ringhals NPP.
None of the sighted drones were shot down, but at least two factors indicate that serious forces could be behind unauthorized flights. Firstly, the zones above the nuclear power plants — flightless, launching your own drone there for any local resident is fraught with severe punishment. Secondly, according to the information about the incident over the Forsmark nuclear power plant, the UAV flying there was large enough and capable of developing high speed. That is, we are talking, if not about a combat drone, which is equipped with a supply of shock weapons, and therefore heavier than others, then at least a professional reconnaissance vehicle.
So far, no accusations have been made against a specific party from Stockholm, but the very fact of the simultaneous investigation of three incidents with UAVs, coupled with the fact that the Swedish military has increased its presence on the island of Gotland, is indicative. In particular, a special unit consisting of at least ten armored vehicles and about a hundred fighters was sent to the territory in the Baltic Sea, which belongs to Sweden.
Such measures have already been directly explained by the growing, according to the Swedes, the threat of Russia in the Ukrainian direction — against the background of a series of unsuccessful negotiations between the Russian Federation and Western countries last week. “Controlling Gotland has great influence over the entire Baltic Sea. If any other [other than Swedish] weapons are placed on the island, this will affect Sweden, Finland and the entire Baltic, — Swedish Minister of Defense Peter Hultkvist noted in this regard.
This is far from the first time that it is in Stockholm that the alarm is sounded regarding the “Kremlin aggression”. Back in the fall of 2014, shortly after the annexation of Crimea to Russia — and as a consequence of the unprecedented cooling of relations between Moscow and the collective West, — Swedish media reported about a Russian mini-submarine allegedly damaged off the coast of their country. The search for the submarine, however, yielded nothing, and five years later it was recognized that the signals that became the reason for the operation came from a faulty weather buoy.
However, even the debunked myths about the Russian threat do not dampen the enthusiasm of the Western military. Sweden is not a member of the North Atlantic Alliance, therefore, in her opinion, all possible “creeps” Russia is trying to stop and investigate on its own. At the same time, as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated, the Swedes (as well as the Finns), if they have a clear request, can be accepted into the military bloc as soon as possible. However, the current Swedish government refuses to do so.
Explain such a “half-hearted” Stockholm's policy is easy: being an economically prosperous country, Sweden does not want to spend extra money on compulsory membership contributions. In addition, both in Swedish society itself and in the political elite of the Scandinavian country there is no consensus on the need to join NATO, noted in a conversation with MK. Dmitry Danilov, Head of the Department of European Security at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
As the analyst emphasized, Sweden is de facto already in the orbit of the North Atlantic Alliance, enjoying almost all the advantages of cooperation with it, — with the exception of Chapter 5 of the Charter of the bloc, according to which an attack on a NATO member is regarded as a threat to the entire association.
“Against the background of a rather rigidly defined Russian position in negotiations with the United States in particular and NATO in general, the over-activity of the Swedish military is not surprising, — says Dmitry Danilov. — At the same time, Sweden undoubtedly demonstrates that, without being a member of the alliance, it is still part of the Euro-Atlantic strategy to contain Russia in the military and political spheres. Stockholm long ago adopted a policy of building up cooperation with NATO within the framework of various partnership programs. And, of course, Sweden is quite capable of quickly joining the Alliance. But for Stockholm, it is also important to maintain a conditionally neutral status, as well as independence from decisions made, for example, by the American side within NATO. Therefore, without a serious aggravation in Europe, one should not expect Sweden to join the bloc in the short term. But the Swedish authorities can keep the question of potential membership as a kind of “wild card”; — both in foreign and domestic policy».
Pre-War News of the Week
The question is whether Russia and the United States will divide Ukraine or not (Europe is assigned the role of a noisy observer here, who will receive exactly the share of the pie that the elders agree on, and Nobody asks Ukraine at all), last week he stopped standing. Will. The only question is when and how. Here, the other day, our ritual services began to offer (for more than 570 thousand) coffins “Patriot”, two-lid, made of precious wood, with the coat of arms of Russia. Productions of Ukraine. Either post-irony, or ideological sabotage.
No one in the West has any doubts about Russia's “attack” or “invasion” on Ukraine. US Assistant Secretary of State Nuland said that America already has 18 scenarios for how they will act after the invasion. Not one, not two, but eighteen. It turns out that they calculated more than a dozen and a half options for how Russia could “invade”, and for each, it means they came up with an answer. Journalists also fantasize as best they can: here you have an operation “foreign flag”, and a provocation against civilians in Donbass, and a coup d'état … And only Minister Lavrov, taking a deep drag on an American cigarette, sits with a sad face and out of habit thinks: “Morons …” Therefore that, if you carefully look at everything that happened, you can notice with amazement a rollback from the present, grimacing in every way, into the straight past, like the BAM rail. Everything will be just fine.
After all, it was actually an amazing picture for the modern world and today's Russia – for the first time since the time of Khrushchev, our diplomacy called a spade a spade. That is, firstly, it makes sense to talk only with a sovereign state – the United States. This, of course, is a shame to many on our continent, but they themselves are to blame. Secondly, here are our red lines: the post-Soviet space is ours, don't interfere. Thirdly, these are not negotiations or bargaining at all, but an ultimatum: either our conditions are met, or we will continue to act. And since the conditions will obviously not be met, actions will follow.
When diplomats stop speaking their mysterious language, which Aesop would envy, and switch to human, then it's time to dig trenches. Have you seen how, in less than a day, three thousand well-trained paratroopers with light armored vehicles, with real Syrian combat experience, ended up in a foreign country?
And inside the country, everything is ready: the “fifth column”, capable of organizing a flash mob “No to war – give rock and roll”, has practically been cleaned out, society lives with the feeling that every morning it is necessary to push the muzzle of a NATO tank out of the window, otherwise it’s on it pigeons are sitting and shitting on the windowsill, prices are already jumping – it’s no stranger, but they have already lost the habit of traveling around Europe during the pandemic. Why, let's attack…
It's sad to realize that all this might not have happened if in 2014 the local pro-Western elite (not just liberals, but systemic, in power) would not have been frightened ” Russian spring. The West threw them anyway, and now we have to take the rap.
But the good news this week was about the coronavirus – everyone, in general, everyone will get sick with Omicron. There is a suspicion that the increase in infections officially recorded at the end of the week is only those cases when people went to the doctors. Because George Washington University professor, director of the US Global Virological Network Center Konstantin Chumakov (such a Soviet-American virologist), said that the Omicron disease lasts from one to three to five days and is similar to a common acute respiratory disease: “Headache, runny nose, no loss of smell, cough, irritation in the nose. Well, someone can go to the doctor and turn, but in general in Russia they cope with such things themselves: they breathe over potatoes or drink vodka with pepper. And then – of course, herd immunity. The coronavirus will just become seasonal, like the flu. A little earlier, Bill Gates said the same thing (which, of course, is surprising: not everyone is still chipped).
And if you are already sick and reading this article sniffing and coughing into your fist, here's some more news to cheer you up.
In Buryatia, prisoners of IK-7 played hockey with mops. Later, however, the local department of the Federal Penitentiary Service removed the news from the site – apparently, they saw the hidden meaning.
It was decided to equate the illegal collection of alms to petty fraud. The most interesting thing here, but how to prove the legality?
FAS recommended retail chains not to inform citizens about upcoming price increases. This is in the framework of the fight against inflation – so as not to be bought in advance.
The most common male name in Brussels was the name Mohamed (13.5 thousand people), in second place is the name Jean (6 thousand), and in third – Mohammed (4.8 thousand).
In the US, in women's swimming, a transgender finally defeated, who had previously overtaken all women and set records. He lost the swim to another transgender.
But better not get sick. Ukraine should be divided without snot.
The shaman gave a video forecast about the likelihood of war in Ukraine
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Foreigners are advised to avoid traveling to Nezalezhnaya
The International Center for Strategic Intelligence (ICSI) recently introduced a red alert level on the territory of Ukraine. The level up was due to the failed Russia-NATO talks, as well as after ICSI received information about a troop buildup on the border for a possible confrontation. According to experts, a large-scale war in Ukraine will begin within two weeks.
ICSI — is an online resource that analyzes information from open sources (OSINT) and posts on the social network Twitter information about countries where hostilities or protests are taking place. ICSI uses a system of danger levels: green, yellow, orange, red and black. It turns out that the state of affairs in Russia's neighboring country was assessed as pre-critical. Next step — war. Well, or events like those that happened recently in Kazakhstan — shooting, robbery, murder.
“Red” the level of danger implies a high probability of a large-scale conflict on the territory of a given state. The health risk ranges from medium to high, and therefore it is highly not recommended to travel to this country. The last level of danger — “black” when the conflict has already begun or will soon begin.
ICSI is currently monitoring the situation in Kazakhstan, where the alert level has dropped from “black” to “black” in seven days. to “orange”. Dynamics is positive. Thanks to the CSTO mission, apparently, the situation was brought under control.
The increase in risks in Ukraine comes against the backdrop of alarming statements by Western politicians. True, they do not give arguments, but they induce panic. For example, US Senator Richard Blumenthal published the following message: “Russia's recent use of sabotage and cyberattacks against Ukraine in order to 'feel the ground'” before the offensive, once again proves the need for decisive measures in relation to Moscow. I'm talking about increasing military supplies to Ukraine, including weapons for a possible offensive. In addition, we must not forget about the development, together with our European allies, of an additional package of sanctions for Russia.
British politician Henry Bolton also blames Russia, trying to justify the need for NATO expansion: thousands of soldiers on the Ukrainian border, then carried out a massive cyberattack on Ukrainian government websites, after which it resumed its attempts to divide and weaken NATO in negotiations. All these actions are preparation for war with Ukraine, and our duty — prevent it».
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Russia is involved in hacker attacks on the websites of state and commercial organizations of Ukraine. This is stated on the website of the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine.
“Today, we can say that all the evidence points to the fact that Russia is behind the cyberattack,” — said in the message. At the same time, the ministry said that the personal data of Ukrainian citizens are safe.
The ministry believes that the purpose of cyber attacks was to destabilize the situation in Ukraine, stop the work of the public sector and undermine confidence in power from the citizens of the country. The attacks are being investigated by the State Communications Service, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and cyber police officers.
As a result of a large-scale hacker attack on the websites of state structures in Ukraine, the portals of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Sports, the Ministry of Communities and Territories Development, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Ecology and other departments did not work. They appeared appeal in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish, the authors of which called on Ukrainian citizens “to be afraid and expect the worst.” It claimed that all the personal data of Ukrainians was “uploaded to the general network”.
According to the SBU, in total, hackers attacked 70 state portals, ten of them were subjected to unauthorized interference. However, the agency assured that no personal data was leaked.
The fact that Russia is behind the hacker attack was previously stated by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov. This is also stated on the website of the country's Security Council (SBU). According to the department, the attackers used the so-called supply chain attack, that is, an attack through the supply chain. The hackers hacked the infrastructure of a commercial company that had access to the administration rights of the affected sites, the service believes.
The Kremlin denies Russian hackers' involvement in hacking Ukrainian sites. According to presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the accusations against Russia are unfounded. “We are almost used to the fact that Ukrainians blame Russia for everything, even bad weather in their country,” — said Peskov.
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Peskov on the possibility of deploying weapons in Ukraine: “These are the words of the media” Previously, Bloomberg quoted Peskov from an interview with CNN that Russia would not give guarantees of non-deployment of offensive weapons in Ukraine. The presidential press secretary advised to read the context
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov commented on the conclusions made by the media based on his statements about the possibility of Russia deploying offensive weapons in Ukraine.
Peskov gave an interview to CNN, it will air on Sunday. In an interview, he said: “We will not say that we will not deploy any offensive weapons on the territory of Ukraine.” (quoted by Bloomberg). After that, some media began, referring to these words, to publish materials that the presidential press secretary did not rule out the possibility of deploying troops in a neighboring country.
In response to a question from RIA Novosti, about whether Russia really has such plans, Peskov said: “These are their words. See the context».
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The Kremlin is not going to promise that it will not deploy offensive weapons on the territory of Ukraine. At the same time, the Russians are not going to attack the republic, and all accusations of preparing a provocation in the Donbass are false.
This statement was allegedly made by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov. His words are quoted by the newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to his still unpublished interview with CNN. According to the transcript of the conversation, the Kremlin spokesman expressed hope that the dialogue with NATO would not drag on. According to Peskov, the military bloc can give guarantees of non-acceptance of Ukraine, since this is “legally possible.” In this case, there will be no talk of military operations.
In an interview with RIA Novosti, Dmitry Peskov advised to get acquainted with the question he was asked and the context.
“These are their words. Look at the context,” he said.
Earlier, the former head of the Investigation Department of the SBU, Major General Vasily Vovk, said that Russia was not going to fight with the republic. He called all reports of preparations an information campaign related to the negotiations between Russia and NATO.
Ambassador Antonov: Russia and the United States did not discuss the situation in Ukraine at the talks in Geneva It was only mentioned during the Russia-NATO Council meeting in Brussels as a secondary issue, Ambassador said
Russia and the United States did not discuss the situation in Ukraine during the talks in Geneva, Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said, his words are quoted on the page of the Russian diplomatic mission on Facebook.
“This issue was not on the agenda of Russian-American negotiations in Geneva, but was only mentioned as a secondary topic in consultations with NATO in Brussels»— he said.
Russia is trying to obtain security guarantees from NATO, primarily concerning the refusal to move the alliance to the east. On January 10, 12 and 13, Russia held talks with the United States and its allies in NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). However, no compromise was reached.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia cannot veto Ukraine's entry into the alliance.
President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said that Russia needs “precisely legal, legal guarantees,” since the West has not fulfilled its verbal obligations: NATO will not move east.
December 17, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the draft treaties with the United States on security assurances; and agreements on security arrangements with NATO. They relate, in particular, to guarantees that the alliance will not move further to the east, the concentration of strike offensive weapons systems near the borders, the accession to the alliance of states that were previously part of the USSR, including Ukraine, the conduct of any military activity on the territory of Ukraine, as well as other states of Eastern Europe. , Transcaucasia and Central Asia.
After unsuccessful negotiations with the US and NATO, Russia requested a written response to its proposals.
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Ukraine is in danger of losing significant territories as a result of the erroneous policy of the Kiev authorities. This is the opinion of the Israeli diplomat and political scientist, former head of the Nativ intelligence service, Yakov Kedmi.
“It seems to me that if, as they say in the south of Ukraine, Ukraine is wildly, wildly, wildly lucky, it will get off with Little Russia. But it must be unusual luck. But she will definitely lose Little Russia,” Kedmi said on the air of the “Right to Know” program.
According to various sources, historical Little Russia includes modern Kiev, Chernihiv, Poltava and other eastern and southeastern regions of Ukraine.
“If there is an unprecedented success for Ukraine, it will get away with only Little Russia,” he repeated.
As Kedmi said, the “technical details” are better known in the Russian General Staff and the Ministry of Defense.
According to Kedmi, the search for a compromise in relations between Russia and Ukraine is being decided without the participation of Kiev. “It is enough to agree with Biden, Zelensky has nothing to do with it,” Kedmi said. – His chances of participating in these negotiations that are currently underway (between the Russian Federation, the United States and NATO. – “MK”) are about the same as Saakashvili's (ex-President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, during which the country lost Abkhazia and South Ossetia. – “MK”) for Georgia. When Saakashvili enters these negotiations, Zelensky will immediately follow him.
According to Kedmi, Western curators are now faced with the question of who to “throw” in Ukraine – Zelensky or ex-president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, whom Zelensky wants to imprison.
The political scientist noted that recently Moscow's position on Ukraine has become tougher. Earlier, in 2018, President Putin said that Ukraine would lose its statehood in the event of a military operation against the Donbass. Today, Russia tells Kiev that “Ukraine's security depends on the implementation of the Minsk agreements.”
“If Ukraine does not comply with the Minsk agreements, then its security is in danger,” Kedmi said.
But at the same time, he noted, the implementation of the Minsk agreements is “a death sentence for the Maidan regime.” “Having fulfilled the Minsk agreements, this power will fall. What will happen next – ask Tokaev (president of Kazakhstan. – “MK”).
The MP spoke about the scenarios of the United States in the event of an “invasion” of the Russian Federation into Ukraine
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The United States, with statements about the preparation of 18 scenarios in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, clogs the information space to whip up hysteria. This was stated by a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Dmitry Belik.
According to the deputy, the statements of US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland are “baseless statements and provocations.” He added that the Russian Federation is not going to attack Ukraine, “no matter how much the United States wants it,” writes RT.
The parliamentarian added that this informational pressure is “repeated many times over.” However, “threats of sanctions will not be able to affect our country,” as the Russian Federation has already learned to “handle it well.”
Earlier on Saturday, US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said that the US administration had prepared 18 various scenarios of action in case there is a “Russian invasion of Ukraine”. She declined to give details. At the same time, she noted that Washington and its allies are ready to respond to any aggressive move by Moscow.
The Russian Embassy in the United States called the White House's statement about the “invasion” of Ukraine “stuffing” The White House press secretary said earlier that Moscow could be preparing a pretext for military aggression. According to her, the “invasion” of Ukraine may occur as early as January-February. The Russian Embassy called these statements unfounded
The building of the Russian Embassy in the USA on Ukraine and the timing of the alleged attack.
“Representatives of the [American] administration are already describing in detail scenarios for such provocations, naming the dates for the eventual start of “operations.” As usual, there is no evidence. <…> The same scenario is repeated: there is a “throw-in”; sensation, which then, repeated many times by the press, turns into the main newsbreak, — the embassy noted.
The diplomatic mission stressed that the accusations against Russia made in the United States are “unfounded and cannot have any evidence.”
The Russian side called on the United States to “substantial work to provide security guarantees” offered by Moscow, and opposed the war and for the diplomatic resolution of international problems.
January 14, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a briefing that Russia is laying the groundwork to fabricate a pretext to invade Ukraine and that the country is planning a “false flag” operation.
“We have seen this before, as it did in 2014, including sabotage and information operations to accuse Ukraine of preparing imminent attacks on Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. The Russian military plans to start such activity a few weeks before the military invasion,— she said. According to Psaki, the attack could take place “between mid-January and mid-February.”
She explained that “Russian agents of influence” began to fabricate provocations in the state media and the Internet in order to “justify Russian interference.” We are talking about publications about the deterioration of the human rights situation in Ukraine and the dissemination of messages on social networks promoting Russia's ability to solve humanitarian and social issues in a neighboring country. According to the American side, in December 2021, the number of such messages per day reached 2.5 thousand— twice as many as in November.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the same day that Russia was “actively pursuing a pretext for a potential invasion <…> to Ukraine».
Before that, about the preparation by Moscow of “a task force for conducting an operation in the east of Ukraine under a false flag” CNN reported. The New York Times wrote that the US administration accuses Moscow of sending saboteurs to eastern Ukraine as a provocation that would give the Russian authorities a pretext to order an invasion.
Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov called these publications unfounded.
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