Russia planning coups in major Ukrainian cities, UK says — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Regime change will begin immediately after an invasion, UK government says

British spies believe Russian-backed agents and saboteurs are hatching a plan to stage uprisings across Ukraine following an all-out invasion, according to the latest round of allegations passed to the media by unnamed officials.

The Guardian reported on Sunday that British intelligence says Moscow has a two-step plan to effect regime change across Ukraine. First, the armed forces would attack and strike at “military targets, then encircle the capital Kiev and “maybe other big cities”, before sending agents from the FSB, the successor agency to the KGB, to install a pro-Russian leadership.

According to the report, Britain believes that such a plan would be adopted in an attempt to avoid “a bloody and high-risk urban war” following an invasion. However, no evidence to support the assessment was provided.

Western leaders have been warning for months that Russia may be planning an invasion of Ukraine, although Moscow has repeatedly denied the accusation. Meanwhile, US and UK intelligence agencies have released a series of reports alleging various plans for aggressive Russian action in Ukraine. Earlier this month, the United States claimed that Moscow was planning “a fake attack by the Ukrainian military or intelligence forces” vs “Russian Sovereign Territory” Where “The Russian speakers” as a pretext for invasion. They suggested it would involve filming “a very graphic propaganda video, which would include corpses and actors who would represent mourners and images of destroyed places.”

No evidence was presented to show that Russia had such a plan, and the Moscow Embassy in Washington compared the accusation to former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s false claim in 2003 that the President Iraqi Saddam Hussein was in possession of biological weapons, which was part of the justification. given for the American invasion later that year.

Similarly, in December, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu claimed that private US military companies were plotting a false flag attack using chemical weapons in conflict-ridden eastern Ukraine. . However, he did not provide any further details or evidence to support this claim.

Politico reported this month that some US intelligence and national security officials have expressed doubts about President Joe Biden’s strategy of regularly releasing intelligence reports to the public, fearing declassifications could damage credibility. of Washington if they turn out to be wrong. State Department spokesman Ned Price also faced reporters when he took to the podium to claim a propaganda video was being made, an Associated Press reporter la also comparing to earlier intelligence failures. “WMD in Iraq” where “Kabul will not fall” to the Taliban.

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