US president accuses Russia of engaging in ‘false flag operation’ to stage a pretext for an invasion of Ukraine. Biden said The threat of Russian invasion ‘very high’.
NATO’s secretary-general has voiced concern Russia may be attempting to “stage a pretext” for an attack on Ukraine following reports of shelling in the country’s conflict-hit east.
Jens Stoltenberg’s warning, delivered at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, came amid competing claims from across the front line in Ukraine’s years-long war with Moscow-backed separatists.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said pro-Russian forces had shelled a kindergarten, in what he called a “big provocation”. For its part, the Kremlin said Moscow was “seriously concerned” about reports of an escalation after the separatist’s accused government forces of opening fire on the territory they hold four times in the past 24 hours.
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that Russia will manufacture a pretext, convene an emergency meeting and say that Russians or ethnic Russians need to be protected, and then war will begin.
“Missiles and bombs drop across Ukraine, communications will be jammed, cyber-attacks will shut down Ukrainian institutions,” Blinken told the UN Security Council.
“After that, Russian tanks and soldiers will advance on key targets that have already been identified and mapped out in detailed plans.”
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Speaking to the UN Security Council, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that principles that sustain peace and security are under threat.
“This crisis directly affects every member of this council and every country in the world because the basic principles that sustain peace and security – principles that were enshrined in the wake of two world wars and the Cold War are under threat,” Blinken said.
“The principle that one country cannot change the borders of another by force.The principle that one country cannot dictate another’s choices or policies or with whom people associate, the principle of national sovereignty.
“This is the exact kind of crisis that the United Nations and specifically this Security Council was created to prevent. We must address what Russia is doing right now to Ukraine”.