(AbsoluteNews.com) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and his officials have repeatedly said there are no plans to invade Ukraine despite the 100,000 troops they’ve amassed on the border of the two nations. Intelligence officials in both the US and UK don’t believe it’s true. In fact, they think Russia planned to use a fake video to provoke a war.
On February 3, State Department spokesman Ned Price discussed an alleged plot by Russia to create a deep fake video. Prior to his remarks, reports indicated the video would depict an attack on Russian-speaking people in eastern Ukraine. It would reportedly accuse Ukraine of genocide and even include crisis actors pretending to be Russian mourners, as well as fake corpses on the ground. Price refused to allow the press to see any of the underlying intelligence that helped the government reach the conclusion. That led to a clash between the spokesman and Matt Lee from the Associated Press.
Reporter: “It’s an action that you say they have taken, but you have shown no evidence to confirm that. […] This is like – crisis actors? Really? This is like Alex Jones territory you’re getting into now.”
— The Hill (@thehill) February 3, 2022
The British government has reportedly also seen the underlying intelligence and supports the US. UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told the press the evidence against Russia was “clear and shocking.” She accused Putin’s regime of trying to spread false information to destabilize Ukraine.
Officials in both countries hoped making the plot public would prevent Russia from going through with it. Dmitri S. Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, denied the allegations.
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