The US government, this Friday, accused Russia of sending saboteurs to eastern Ukraine to carry out a false operation that could serve as a pretext for Russian President Vladimir Putin to order an invasion of the country.
The White House did not provide further details about the evidence it allegedly collected. Official sources told US media that intercepted communications and observations of people’s movements gave evidence of the operation.
A US government official told the New York Times in an email that Russia “is laying the groundwork for having the option of inventing a pretext for invasion, including through sabotage activities and information, accusing Ukraine of preparing an imminent attack against Russian forces in eastern Ukraine”.
CNN heard an American official who said that the US has evidence that operatives are trained in urban guerrilla warfare and in the use of explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russian forces themselves.