Under false flag – According to CNN, the operatives would be trained in urban guerrilla warfare and the use of explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against the same forces supported by Russia.
Military blitz or tactical move? – The Wall Street Journal instead reports that, while vehicles and materials are in transit, executives and analysts debate whether the move represents the next phase of Russian military strengthening in view of a blitz in Ukraine or a Kremlin tactic to keep the West under pressure by using it as leverage in the negotiations.
The defense of Russia – The Kremlin, however, denies a “false flag” operation in eastern Ukraine to create a pretext for an invasion. “So far, all these claims have been unfounded and have not been confirmed by anything,” says Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.