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US intelligence officials informed senators in recent weeks that Russia has run a yearslong campaign to frame Ukraine for its own hacking of the 2016 election. The briefing came as Republicans ramped up their defense of Trump in the Ukraine affair.
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Russian intelligence operatives conveyed "Ukraine election interference" propaganda to prominent Russians and Ukrainians who then used intermediaries, like oligarchs and businessmen, to pass the material to US political figures and journalists.
"Russian intelligence aimed part of their operation at prompting Ukrainian authorities to investigate allegations that people in Ukraine tried to tamper with the 2016 US election and to shut down inquiries into corruption by pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine."

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US intelligence officials believe one of the people the Kremlin relied on to spread "Ukrainian interference" propaganda was Deripaska, a Russian oligarch linked to Manafort – who in 2016 claimed Ukrainians, not Russians, stole Democratic emails.
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