Ukraine swamped by US military, intelligence advisers - Russian official

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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Kiev’s political course is orchestrated by the US military and intelligence circles, Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Yevgeny Lukyanov told the RIA Novosti news agency on Wednesday.

Ukraine’s policy is far from being the country’s own course. It’s been carefully mapped out by Washington’s envoys – intelligence and military officers, he said.

"It’s more than just a matter of US mercenaries. The so-called advisers from Washington have been actively working in Ukraine. I mean intelligence and military specialists."

They devise a "strategic line all of the Ukrainian government’s decisions must strictly abide by", he said.

In Lukyanov’s opinion, the ultimate goal set for the Euromaidan representatives, who currently hold power in Kiev, is NATO’s further expansion eastwards.

US mercenaries from the Greystone firm hired by Kiev to maintain constitutional order in Ukraine have all received special military training, which can’t be said about volunteer fighters in the southeast, who took up arms to defend the homes, the official said.

He slammed the West’s one-sided coverage of the developments in Ukraine.

"Any terrorist or subversive acts committed by foreign mercenaries and the Ukrainian National Guard, the intimidation and physical elimination of dissenters, the destruction of infrastructure facilities, including transportation routes, power and water supply lines, nuclear power plants, coal mines – all that will be blamed on self-defense fighters in the best traditions of information and psychological warfare," Lukyanov said.

400 US commandos help Kiev in its military offensive in east Ukraine - reports

About 400 elite commandos from a notorious US private security firm, Greystone Limited, the latest renaming of the former private CIA army Blackwater/Academi, are involved in a punitive operation mounted by Ukraine’s junta government against federalization supporters in eastern Ukraine, the German Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday.

According to the newspaper, Greystone/Academi mercenaries participated in attacks against federalization supporters near Slavyansk. So far, it’s unclear who hired them.

In April 29, Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) informed the Angela Merkel government about Academi commandos’ involvement in Kiev’s military operations in eastern Ukraine.

Academi, former Blackwater (renamed in 2009), gained notoriety for the killing of civilians in Iraq, arms smuggling and other crimes, TASS reports.

The Voice of Russia

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