Russia is laying the groundwork for the annexation of Ukrainian territory and is putting in illegitimate proxy officers in areas there below its management because it seeks to exert whole management over its features within the east, the White Home stated on Tuesday.
Unveiling what he stated was U.S. intelligence, John Kirby, the chief Nationwide Safety Council spokesman, instructed a White Home information briefing that the Russians are making ready to put in proxy officers, set up the rouble because the default forex and drive residents to use for citizenship.
“We have now data right now, together with from downgraded intelligence that we’re capable of share with you, about how Russia is laying the groundwork to annex Ukrainian territory that it controls in direct violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty,” Kirby stated.
The identical tactic was utilized in 2014 when Russia introduced its annexation of Crimea after taking on management from Ukraine, Kirby stated. The worldwide group considers Crimea’s annexation illegitimate.
“We need to make it plain to the American folks,” Kirby stated. “No one is fooled by it. (Russian President Vladimir Putin) is dusting off the playbook from 2014.”
Russia despatched tens of 1000’s of troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24 in what it calls a “particular navy operation” to make sure its personal safety.
Russia is now additionally making an attempt to take management of broadcasting towers, he stated.
On the similar time, Kirby stated the US within the subsequent few days will announce a brand new weapons bundle for Ukraine because it engages Russia in fierce battles in japanese Ukraine.
Will probably be the sixteenth such drawdown of cash permitted by Congress and allotted below presidential authority, he stated.
The bundle is predicted to incorporate U.S. cell rocket launchers, referred to as HIMARS, and rounds for A number of Launch Rocket Methods in addition to artillery munitions.
The Russian embassy in the US dismissed Washington’s feedback as “basically false”.
“So far, greater than 45 thousand tons of humanitarian cargo have been despatched to Ukraine, the DPR and the LPR. How does all this relate to the idea of annexation?” it stated in a Fb put up, referring to the Russian-backed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.
The US has supplied $8 billion in safety help for the reason that battle started, together with $2.2 billion within the final month.
Washington will impose sanctions on officers concerned in representing themselves as proxy officers, Kirby stated. He predicted these proxies to attempt to maintain “sham referenda” looking for to legitimatize Russian management.