According to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Russia is preparing an excuse to justify the invasion of Ukraine. Blinken told the UN Security Council in New York that “this could be an act of violence that Russia will accuse Ukraine of, or another false accusation that Russia will make against the Ukrainian government.” In particular, the possible use of a so-called terrorist act in Russia, “fictitious discovery of a mass grave” and accusations of genocide or imitation or real attack using chemical weapons. According to the United States, it is fictitious suppression or violence against Russians or people of Russian descent and Russian language in eastern Ukraine that could lead to war.
According to Blinken, the United States was waiting for Russia’s official decision to invade Ukraine in order to protect Russian citizens or people of Russian descent in Ukraine. “Russian missiles and bombs will be dropped on Ukraine,” Blinken said. Communication across the country will be disrupted, and cyberattacks will paralyze important institutions in Ukraine. On the ground, tanks and troops will invade the country, as well as the capital Kiev.
In response, Russia sent documents to the UN Security Council, a copy of which is available from the German news agency dpa. The text of the response states, among other things, “the genocide of the Russian-speaking population of Donbass, attacks on Russian diplomatic facilities, explosions in Rostov-on-Don, murders and other acts of violence against journalists.” Moscow also said that unmarked mass graves with the remains of at least 295 civilians had been found.
Germany, France and other European countries have again threatened Russia with serious consequences in the event of a military invasion of Ukraine. It will have “significant consequences and unprecedented costs,” according to a joint statement issued by the two countries, along with Estonia, Norway, Albania and the EU delegation to the United Nations, following a UN Security Council meeting.
“I think we’ve heard a lot about this,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin about his country’s possible invasion of Ukraine. He said that, contrary to warnings, there was no intrusion. Addressing the United States and its Western allies, Vershinin said in New York: “My advice to you is not to put yourself in an awkward situation.”