May 28, 2022

The United States has warned that Russia is preparing to launch an attack on Ukraine, warning that an attack could take place in the coming days.

President Joe Biden said military action could begin immediately on Thursday, but stressed that a diplomatic solution was still possible.

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His top foreign policy official later listed a number of ways in which he could justify the Moscow attack.

A damaged wall after a kindergarten was reportedly shelled in the Ukrainian town of Stanetsya Luhansk on Thursday. (Ukrainian presidential press office via AP)

Russia has said the allegations are “baseless” and accuses the United States of inciting tensions.

He has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack on his eastern neighbor. Moscow has insisted it is withdrawing troops from Ukraine’s border, but Western powers have strongly opposed the claim.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has claimed that the shelling of a nursery school in the Donbas region of Ukraine by Russian-backed separatists was a “false flag operation” aimed at defaming the Ukrainian government.

A Ukrainian soldier stands by a destroyed wall after a kindergarten was reportedly shelled in the town of Stanetsya Luhanska. (Photo by Alexei Filippov / AFP) (Photo by Alexi Filippov / AFP via Getty Images)

According to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, there were “numerous shelling incidents” on the front lines in eastern Ukraine on Thursday morning.

Three people were injured in the attack in the town of Stanitsia Luhanska, which pierced the wall of a nursery.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has accused Russia of “provocative shelling”.

But Mr Johnson said: “The kindergarten shelling we are taking – well, we know – was a false flag operation designed to defame the Ukrainians, to make an excuse. Was designed to be a fake provocation for Russian action.

“We are very afraid that we will see more of this kind in the next few days.”

Kindergarten worker Natalia Slesareva said her ears were “ringing” after the shell was thrown at the door.

The children were having breakfast when 20 young men and 18 crew were using a hole in the wall of a projectile two-story building.

Ms Slesareva said: “The children were having breakfast when it collided.

“It hit the gym. After breakfast, the kids took the gym class. So another 15 minutes, and everything could be too much, too bad.”

The 58-year-old added: “The blast blew me back through the door. Then the smoke, the dust, the windows shattered.”

“I couldn’t feel the right side of my head. Everything was ringing.”

Mr Biden later told reporters outside the White House: “We have reason to believe that they are engaged in a false flag operation to make excuses.

False flag The term applies when a country attacks its own interests to justify retaliation. The United States has said for weeks that such misdirection is part of Russia’s plans. It was discredited by Nazi Germany in 1939 as an excuse to invade Poland.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken later told the UN Security Council that Russia was ready for such a move.

He said it was unclear what the pretext for the attack might be, but said the possibility was “a so-called terrorist bombing inside Russia, the discovery of a mass grave, t
he discovery of a drone against civilians.” Attack, or “fake.” Even a real attack using chemical weapons. “

In the aftermath of such an incident, Mr Blanken said the Russian government would possibly convene an emergency meeting “theatrically” on the protection of ethnic Russians in Ukraine – and Russian missile and bomb cyber attacks, as well as Ukrainian targets. Will start targeting.

The United States has not provided evidence on the allegations, and Mr Blankenship acknowledged that some people may question those claims. “But let me be clear. I’m not here today to start a war, but to stop one,” he said.

Tensions escalated on Thursday after claims of an exchange of fire between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebel extremists in the east of the country.

Ukrainian authorities have accused separatists of carrying heavy weapons from Russia – targeting a nursery in Stanitsya Luhanska, firing shells from a wall into a children’s music room. Three adults but no children were injured.

Russia-backed rebels, meanwhile, say Ukrainian forces have shelled several rebel-held areas and accused them of escalating the conflict.

There are also competitive claims about the construction of troops along the Ukrainian border.

Russia says some of its troops are now returning to their bases after completing military exercises. He has published a video to show the tanks aboard the trains as evidence.

But US and other Western officials said thousands more troops were arriving and insisted there was no evidence of a significant withdrawal. He says the claim is backed up not only by intelligence but also by widely available satellite images.

Satellite imagery shows that Ukraine is surrounded on three sides, but it is not clear that Russia is going to invade, which is strongly denied.

On Thursday, it sent a formal response to US proposals for talks on the crisis, with both offering possible avenues for diplomacy and threatening further action.

In the document, Russia said it was open to talks on inspections of missile sites by both sides, but said the United States had failed to address its key security concerns about NATO expansion near its border.

The possibility that Ukraine could one day join the Western military alliance is a key part of the ongoing crisis. Russia strongly opposes such a move, but the United States and NATO have not ruled out it.

Russia has said it will deploy a response if the issue is not addressed through “military technical means” – although it is unclear how much.

And on the same day, he deported the US Deputy Ambassador to Moscow. The United States has said the move was unprovoked and called it “diplomatic tension.”

Despite such concerns, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Koliba had previously said that “diplomacy is working.”

“We can never say for sure what will happen tomorrow, but today we do our best to keep the peace,” he said. “We are very prepared for any situation.”

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