US concerned Russia prepping for Ukraine invasion if diplomacy fails: Official

A US official said Friday that the United States is concerned that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine, which could lead to widespread human rights abuses and war crimes, if diplomacy fails to achieve its goals.

“As part of its plans, Russia is laying the groundwork for the option of fabricating a pretext for the invasion, including through sabotage activities and media operations, by accusing Ukraine of preparing an imminent attack against Russian forces in eastern Ukraine,” the official said. , speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Meanwhile, Ukraine has proposed three-way talks with US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin amid fears of an invasion, aide to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday.

“President Zelensky has proposed to President Biden and we believe that it can work (outside) to organize a trilateral meeting, possibly via videoconferencing, between President Biden, President Zelensky and President Putin,” said Ukraine’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak.

We are still waiting for the reaction to this, I think, from the Russian side. But our American partners are taking our proposal some attention.

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