U.S. warns Russia may use fake video as pretext to further invade Ukraine

On February 3, 2022, U.S. officials warned that Russia planned to use a fake video of a Ukrainian attack as a pretense to further invade the country. Russia had recruited people to stage the fabricated assault, which would have likely included “graphic scenes” of false explosions and shown NATO-supplied weapons being used, the Biden administration said. Russia’s military intelligence agency, known as the GRU, was involved in planning the video. The Kremlin intended to use the video to accuse Ukraine of genocide against Russian-speakers, according to U.S. officials, who did not provide much evidence to support the accusation, citing concerns about revealing the sources and methods used to collect the intelligence.

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Threat Actors: Russia

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Date: Feb 2022
Country: Ukraine