Vladimir Putin’s history as a former KGB agent, combined with his pure global belligerence, has many the world over wondering just what’s next for Mother Russia.
The general consensus seems to be that Putin is eyeing an invasion of Ukraine, after amassing a rather large fighting force on her borders. This has led to widespread condemnation from the only global powers that have any influence over the power-drunk Putin, including the G-7 nations, NATO, and the United States.
Now, US intelligence services have a new warning.
The US has information that indicates Russia has prepositioned a group of operatives to conduct a false-flag operation in eastern Ukraine, a US official told CNN on Friday, in an attempt to create a pretext for an invasion.
The official said the US has evidence that the operatives are trained in urban warfare and in using explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia’s own proxy forces.
The allegation echoes a statement released by Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense on Friday, which said that Russian special services are preparing provocations against Russian forces in an attempt to frame Ukraine. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan hinted at the intelligence during a briefing with reporters on Thursday.
The statement was blunt.
“Our intelligence community has developed information, which has now been downgraded, that Russia is laying the groundwork to have the option of fabricating the pretext for an invasion,” Sullivan said on Thursday. “We saw this playbook in 2014. They are preparing this playbook again and we will have, the administration will have, further details on what we see as this potential laying of the pretext to share with the press over the course of the next 24 hours.”
It appears that Putin is going to need to be put in his place, but who exactly is going to volunteer for the job?