'Russia looking for excuse to invade Ukraine' - but US insists week of diplomacy has not failed
Russia has "put its saboteurs inside Ukraine" and is preparing a "false flag" operation to create a pretext to invade Ukraine.
That is the assessment of US intelligence, declassified by the White House at the end of a week of faltering diplomacy.
Speaking to Sky News, the US Under-Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, said the Russians are looking for an excuse to invade.
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"This is straight out of the Russian playbook: to try to, through sabotage operations, through false flag operations, through blaming the other guy, to create that pretext, to give an excuse to go in, or to make it look like the Ukrainians were the aggressors, when in fact the first aggression was perhaps even done by …
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