After the US government reported in January 2022 that the Russian government had planted spies and saboteurs in Ukraine for a potential false-flag attack as a means to invade the country, US officials have now reported discovering a plot to create a “graphic propaganda video” that could be used as a pretext to invade Ukraine.

Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby had announced that they uncovered information that the Russians were to hire actors who would be mourning after an attack on Russian territory, with casualties to Russian civilians. The Russian government was prepared to use corpses in the fake video and the actors to play the mourners.

“We believe that Russia would produce a very graphic propaganda video, which would include corpses and actors that would be depicting mourners and images of destroyed locations, as well as military equipment at the hands of Ukraine or the West, even to the point where some of this equipment was to be made to look like it was western-supplied,” said Kirby.

Kirby stated that these propaganda videos were not new tactics by the Russians, as the Kremlin allegedly used misdirection and disinformation to invade Crimea in 2014. “We’ve seen these kinds of activity by the Russians in the past, and we believe it’s important when we see it like this that we can call it out,” the Pentagon spokesperson said.

In an interview with CNN, US Ambassador to NATO Julie Smith also stated that these false-flag attacks are quite common for Russia’s military playbook stating, “So what you heard today is just another piece of information where Russia is clearly laying the groundwork to destabilize Ukraine from within and find a pretext to take action using the military forces that it’s built up around the border.”

State Department Spokesperson Ned Price, who also spoke about the alleged video, shared Kirby’s statements about Russian false-flag attacks, stating that these videos are “one of a number of options that the Russian government is developing as a fake pretext to initiate and potentially justify military aggression against Ukraine.”

However, several journalists were pressing the US officials for evidence of the Russians’ fake video. Neither Kirby nor Ned Price, State Department Spokesperson, were prepared to offer further evidence.