“U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, and Moscow has already prepositioned operatives to conduct ‘a false-flag operation‘ in eastern Ukraine, according to the White House. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday the intelligence findings show Russia is also laying the groundwork through a social media disinformation campaign that frames Ukraine as an aggressor.” Meanwhile, Russia just hit Ukraine with a massive cyberattack, a strategy they’ve used as a precursor to invasions in the past.

+ Fred Kaplan in Slate: The Last Chance to Stop Russia From Invading Ukraine.