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CIA-trained Ukrainian paramilitaries may take central role if Russia invades | YahooNews - Jan. 13, 2022 |

While the covert program, run by paramilitaries working for the CIA's Ground Branch -- now officially known as Ground Department -- was established by the Obama administration after Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea in 2014, and expanded under the Trump administration, the Biden administration has further augmented it, said a former senior intelligence official in touch with colleagues in government.

By 2015, as part of this expanded anti-Russia effort, CIA Ground Branch paramilitaries also started traveling to the front in eastern Ukraine to advise their counterparts there, according to a half-dozen former officials.

The multiweek, U.S.-based CIA program has included training in firearms, camouflage techniques, land navigation, tactics like "cover and move," intelligence and other areas, according to former officials.

CIA trained subversive techniques

The program has involved "very specific training on skills that would enhance" the Ukrainians' "ability to push back against the Russians," said the former senior intelligence official.

The training, which has included "tactical stuff," is "going to start looking pretty offensive if Russians invade Ukraine," said the former official.

One person familiar with the program put it more bluntly. "The United States is training an insurgency," said a former CIA official, adding that the program has taught the Ukrainians how "to kill Russians."

The program, which does not appear to have ever been formally aimed at preparing for an insurgency, did include training that could be used for that purpose. Another former agency official described technical aspects of the program, like showing Ukrainians how to maintain secure communications behind enemy lines or in a "hostile intelligence environment" as potential "stay-behind force training."  

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 30th, 2023 at 11:03:32 AM EST
Ukrainians got secret CIA training after Russia's Crimea invasion in 2014: report | NY Post - March 16, 2022 |

A SECRET TRAINING PROGRAM run by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which began shortly after Russia invaded eastern Ukraine in 2014, is now helping the Ukrainians beat back Russian military advances. The CIA began training Ukrainian special operations forces personnel in eastern Ukraine, starting in 2015. That was only months after the Kremlin sparked a separatist war in eastern Ukraine and the Crimea, eventually pulling them away from the control of Kyiv.

The CIA carried out the training with the help of personnel from the Special Activities Center (SAC), called Special Activities Division in 2015, when the secret program began. The SAC operates under the Agency's Directorate of Operations. Within the SAC, paramilitary operations and training are carried out by the Special Operations Group (SOG). A small team from SOG, "in the low single digits", arrived in eastern Ukraine and began training Ukrainian forces in a variety of military and paramilitary techniques.

The news website claims that the Ukrainians were taught by the CIA how to engage in anti-tank warfare, which included the use of American-supplied FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles. They were also taught sniping techniques, as well as how to operate in insurgency formations without being detected by Russian electronic surveillance tools. The CIA program took place alongside a more extensive, US-based training program for Ukrainian special operations forces, which was run by the United States military. That program also began in 2015.

The training program continued for a number of years. In fact, members of SAC/SOG were on the ground in Ukraine in early February, just days before the Russian invasion began. At that time, the administration of US President Joe Biden [no willingness for diplomacy], expecting a Russian invasion, ordered that all CIA personnel should leave Ukraine, fearing that they could get captured by Russian forces.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 30th, 2023 at 11:04:16 AM EST
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Twitter unblocks Dmitry Medvedev's post about Poland | TASS - 2 hrs ago |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 08:39:02 PM EST
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Belarus Says Poland Has Aspiration for Western Ukraine | TeleSur - May 23, 2022 |

According to the Belarusian President, NATO and Poland have plans to take over Ukraine and Belarus.

He made the emphasis of the U.S.-led military bloc's move to agglutinate troops on the western borders of Ukraine with the Union States of Russia and Belarus.

"The politicians are taking steps to dismember Ukraine. We are worried that they, the Poles and NATO members, are ready to come out, to 'help' in this way, to take away, as before 1939, Western Ukraine," said Lukashenko during the meeting.

Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Polish people would be given a special legal status in his country, as in his opinion "mentally, the Ukrainian and Polish people have been inseparable for a long time." Zelensky's comments came following the statements made by the Polish President Andrzej Duda, who said about his hopes that there would be no borders between Poland and Ukraine in the future.

Why Russia Keeps Insisting That Poland Is Preparing to Partition Ukraine | Carnegie Endowment - Juy 12, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 08:57:43 PM EST
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