Russia ‘planning false flag operations at home to drum up support for war’

12 April, 06:08 PM
Fire in fuel depots in Belgorod (Photo:Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout/Reuters)

Fire in fuel depots in Belgorod (Photo:Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout/Reuters)

Russian security services are planning a series attacks on residential buildings, schools, and hospitals across Russian cities in order to drum up domestic support for the war against Ukraine, the head of Ukraine’s Military Intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, said in a Facebook post on April 12.

According to Budanov, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is being forced to resort to such “dirty tactics” now that it has become clear that an attempt at a covert mobilization in Russia has failed and left Moscow with little manpower to replenish its thinning forces in Ukraine.

“That’s why they are planning explosions in Russian apartment buildings or missile strikes – to point the finger at Ukraine’s Armed Forces and volunteer battalions, painting an emotional picture of ‘atrocities of Ukrainian nationalists,’” said Budanov.

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“These acts of terror could very well be made to look like Ukrainian retribution for (Russian war crimes in) Bucha and Kramatorsk, and used to justify further such atrocities against Ukrainian civilians.”

“These acts of terror could very well be made to look like Ukrainian retribution for (Russian war crimes in) Bucha and Kramatorsk, and used to justify further such atrocities against Ukrainian civilians.”

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