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Russia has "put its saboteurs inside Ukraine" and is preparing a "false flag" operation to create a pretext to invade Ukraine.

You know, a nation does not deploy 100,000 troops on the border of another nation and put its saboteurs inside the country without some malign and aggressive intent.

That is a very expensive and difficult and dangerous operation.

But reflecting on the past week of diplomacy, she insisted it hadn't been a failure.

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She rejected the premise that sanctions failed in Russia's 2014 invasion of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

Russia has dismissed the claims.

kremlin spokesman dmitry peskov dismissed the false flag accusations as nonsense, and said that the suggestions are unsubstantiated and "confirmed by nothing".

Among the demands from the Kremlin are the withdrawal of NATO forces from new NATO member states and a commitment that Ukraine will never join NATO.

nato has no gripes with russia unless russia is coming for us.

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"It has pre-positioned a group of operatives to conduct what we call a false-flag operation, an operation designed to look like an attack on them or Russian speaking people in Ukraine as an excuse to go in," he said.

ukraine's foreign ministry spokesperson said it was too early to say who could be behind the attack, but that russia had been behind similar strikes in the past.

Before the sites went offline, a message appeared warning Ukrainians to "prepare for the worst".

The US and Nato condemned the attack and have offered support to Ukraine.

The Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the US wanted the world to know how an invasion could play out, because this scenario was from the same playbook the Russians used in Crimea.

The official said : "The operatives are trained in urban warfare and in using explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia's own proxy-forces.

It's a dramatic move after a week of intense diplomacy that produced proposals but no agreement on how to resolve the crisis.

And that it does not believe President Vladimir Putin has made a final decision about whether to further invade Ukraine.

And it has threatened financial sanctions and other consequences if he does push deeper into Ukraine The US official's remarks follow an earlier statement by US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, who told reporters about intelligence that Russia was laying the groundwork to try to fabricate a pretext for invading Ukraine.

he said it was the same playbook russia used when it occupied crimea in 2014.

a us government official has now said there are concerns "russia has already pre-positioned a group of operatives to conduct a false flag operation in eastern ukraine" jen psaki, the white house spokeswoman, said.

ukrainian government websites were hit with a warning today to "be afraid and expect worse.

"We don't have an attribution at this time," a US official told reporters.

“ While we continue to assess the impact with the Ukrainians, it seems limited so far, with websites coming back online.

Kyiv would get access to Nato's malware information sharing platform, he said.

on friday russia's foreign minister, sergei lavrov, said the west must stand up to any russian aggression.

Sweden stood in solidarity with Kyiv, she added.

But the move appears to be part of carrot and stick operation following the latest cyber-attack on Ukraine, designed to wrong-foot the Americans.

"Our information also indicates that Russian influence actors are already starting to fabricate Ukrainian provocations in state and social media to justify a Russian intervention and sow divisions in Ukraine.

"For example, Russian officials and influence actors are emphasising narratives about the deterioration of human rights in Ukraine and the increased militancy of Ukrainian leaders."

She said : "We saw this before, leading up to 2014, just to note- through sabotage activities and information operations, by accusing Ukraine of preparing an imminent attack against Russian forces."

The comments came hours after Ukraine was hit by a massive cyberattack.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov dismissed the reports as based on "unfounded" information, TASS news agency reported.

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