The Kremlin appears to be developing plans to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine as President Vladimir Putin weighs whether to invade, the British government said.
|The unusual disclosure by the British intelligence official comes at a pivotal moment in negotiations between the West and Russia, which has deployed more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders that could, according to American officials, attack anytime.|
|According to a British intelligence assessment, Russian planners are considering installing Yevgeniy Murayev, a former member of Ukraine’s Parliament, as leader of a pro-Kremlin puppet government in Kyiv. Officials disclosed few details about how Russia might impose a new government on a sovereign Ukraine and did not say whether such plans were contingent on an invasion by Russian troops.|
|British officials said the intent of sharing the information was both to head off the activation of such plans and to put Putin on notice: This plot had been exposed.
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