Kremlin says reports of sabotage operation in Ukraine ‘unfounded’: TASS

On Friday, the Kremlin called “unsubstantiated” reports suggesting that Russia was planning a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine to create a pretext for an invasion.

“So far, all these statements are unfounded and have not been confirmed by anything,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the official TASS news agency.

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A US official said on Friday that the United States fears Russia is preparing for an invasion of Ukraine, which could result in widespread human rights abuses and war crimes, if diplomacy fails to achieve its goals.

“As part of its plans, Russia is preparing the ground for the possibility of fabricating a pretext for the invasion, including through sabotage activities and information operations, accusing Ukraine of preparing an imminent attack on Russian forces in eastern Ukraine,” the official said. , speaking on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, Ukraine has offered three-way talks with US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin amid invasion fears, Ukraine aide Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday.

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