The US is continuing its baseless claims against Russia and is now accusing Moscow of planning to stage a false flag in eastern Ukraine by making a “propaganda video” showing a staged attack.
US officials said Russian intelligence is “intimately involved” with the plan and said the video would likely “depict graphic scenes of a staged false explosion with corpses, actors depicting mourners, and images of destroyed locations and military equipment.”
The US offered no evidence to back up the extraordinary accusation. This marks the second time in recent weeks that the US claimed without evidence that Russia was planning a false flag to justify an invasion.
State Department spokesman Ned Price was confronted by AP reporter Matt Lee about the fact that there was no evidence to back up the latest false flag claims. Price insisted that his comments and comments from other US government officials were enough. “That’s not evidence Ned, that’s you saying it. That’s not evidence,” Lee said.
“I remember WMDs in Iraq … And I remember that Kabul was not going to fall,” Lee said later in the exchange.
Price took offense that Lee wouldn’t take the US at its word. “If you doubt the credibility of the US government, of the British government, of other governments and want to, you know, find solace in information that the Russians are putting out, that is for you to do,” he said.
The overall US narrative that Russia is planning to invade Ukraine has been collapsing. On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the US government was no longer using the word “imminent” to describe the threat to Ukraine.
Ukrainian officials have publicly contradicted warnings from the Biden administration, most notably Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who said Western leaders were creating a “panic” after a call with President Biden.