The New York Times reports CIA officers are in Kiev to pass intelligence to Ukrainian officials, and special operations forces from several allied countries are training Ukrainian troops near the battlefield. The covert operations in Ukraine are a part of a significant effort by Western governments to weaken Russia.
Citing unnamed current and former officials, the NYT explains the CIA has officers secretly deployed to Kiev to give intelligence about the war to Ukrainian officials. "CIA personnel have continued to operate in the country secretly, mostly in the capital, Kiev, directing much of the massive amounts of intelligence the United States is sharing with Ukrainian forces," Eric Schmitt writes in the NYT.
Some Ukrainian military officers say the American intelligence is having an impact on the battlefield. The NYT describes the process as the CIA making satellite photos available to the Ukrainian forces near the front lines with tablets. Kiev’s soldiers can use the tablets to access a battlefield mapping app to assist in targeting Russian troops.
The report from the NYT is the first admission that Americans are on the ground in Ukraine. President Joe Biden has pledged not to deploy American forces to Ukraine and withdrew 150 soldiers training Ukrainian forces before Russia invaded on February 24.
However, several of America’s NATO allies have filled that void. According to the NYT, special operations forces from Britain, France, Canada and Lithuania are training Ukrainian forces near the frontlines. The role of the commandos is to train and advise Ukrainian troops and provide a conduit for weapons. Schmitt admits his article does not describe the complete activities of the CIA and European commandos in Ukraine.
The presence of CIA officers and commandos in Ukraine appears to contradict previous stories in CNN and the NYT. On June 8, Julia Barnes wrote in the New York Times that the US intelligence community had "blind spots" in Ukraine. On April 19, a CNN article noted the White House can only monitor weapons entering Ukraine for a short time before they enter into a "black hole," and the US has almost "zero ability" to track the weapons. Both reports emphasize the US intelligence community’s lack of operations within Ukraine to explain their inability to collect more complete information on the war.
Kyle Anzalone is the opinion editor of Antiwar.com, news editor of the Libertarian Institute, and co-host of Conflicts of Interest.
61 thoughts on “CIA, European Commandos Operating on the Ground in Ukraine: NYT”
Duh! Of course they are. Did anyone think otherwise?
Yup…. and they were there organizing the coup in 2014 as well, alongside Victoria Nuland!
Actually they go back to after WWII when they organized an insurgency against the Soviet Union that cost 20,000 Russia troop and 200,000 Ukrainians. Seems they never learn.
A reminder – this is the sort of thing happening to Ukraine every single day – from the Russian MoD daily briefing:
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine.
◽️On June 25, the cities of Severodonetsk and Borovskoye, the
settlements of Voronovo and Sirotino passed under control of the Lugansk
People’s Republic. The localities liberated from the Kiev regime are
inhabited by about 108,000 people. Total area of the liberated territory
is about 145 square kilometres.
◽️Success of the Russian army and the units of people militia of the
Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics considerably diminish moral and
psychological condition of the Ukrainian army personnel.
◽️In 30th Mechanised Brigade deployed near Artyomovsk, there are mass
cases of alcohol abuse, drug use and unauthorised abandonment of combat
◽️Russian Federation Armed Forces continue launching attacks at military facilities located in Ukraine.
💥High-precision attacks of Russian Aerospace Forces and Kalibr
missiles were launched at 169th Army Training Centre near Desna
(Chernigov region), 199th Air Assault Troops Training Centre near
Teterevka (Zhitomir region), as well as at 184th Training Centre of the
Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) near Starichi (Lvov region).
◽️Attacks have resulted in neutralising 65th, 66th mechanised
brigades and 46th Airmobile Brigade from AFU strategic reserves that
were finishing their preparation at those training grounds.
◽️The planned redeployment of the abovementioned units to operations area has been frustrated.
✈️💥Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and
artillery have neutralised: manpower and military equipment in 286
areas, artillery and mortar units in 62 areas, 2 command posts near
Visunsk and Barmashovo (Nikolayev region), 4 munitions depots near
Verkhnekamenka, Lisichansky and western suburbs of Lisichansk (Lugansk
💥Within the counter-battery warfare towards Donetsk, high-precision
attacks launched by Russian Aerospace Forces have resulted in
neutralising 10 multiple rocket-launching system (MRLS) plattoons near
Avdeyevka, Ukrainsk, Ivanovka, Novosyolovka Pervaya and Vozdvizhenka
(Donetsk People’s Republic).
◽️Attacks launched by aviation, missile troops and artillery have
resulted in the elimination of over 720 nationalists, 12 tanks and other
armoured combat vehicles, as well as 16 special vehicles.
▪️The enemy unsuccessfully attempted to launch attacks by aviation and MRLS at Snake Island.
◽️The attack was repelled by Pantsir-S air defence missile and gun
system and has resulted in the destruction of 1 Su-25 airplane of
Ukrainian Air Force and 12 rockets.
◽️Neither victims among garrison personnel, nor damage have been caused.
💥Russian air defence means have destroyed 8 Ukrainian unmanned
aerial vehicles near Varvarovka, Ray-Aleksandrovka (Lugansk People’s
Republic), Belyayevka (Kherson region), Malaya Kamyshevakha and Malyie
Prokhody (Kharkov region).
💥19 projectiles launched by a MRLS have been shot down near
Suligovka, Glinskoye, Sukhaya Kamenka (Kharkov region), Makeyevka
(Donetsk People’s Republic) and over Snake Island.
💥1 MiG-29 of Ukrainian Air Force has been shot down during an aerial combat near Zelenodolsk (Dnepropetrovsk region).
📊In total, 215 airplanes and 132 helicopters, 1,363 unmanned aerial
vehicles, 350 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,809 tanks and other
armored combat vehicles, 682 combat vehicles equipped with MRLS, 3,012
field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 3,864 units of special
military equipment have been destroyed during the special military
Lol, Russia has destroyed 3,809 Ukrainian tanks??
I didn’t know they had that many.
Keep on sharing your Russian MOD news, you troll.
I wonder how long before Ukraine collapses? No army can sustain these kinds of losses.
Actually this is nothing new, fake news has been planted by the government before, NATO was involved to set Ukraine up for military actions, why else would they deliver weapons and provide training for Ukrainian soldiers, not a NATO member. Maybe we, the public, did not know, but Russians must know, they know what the CIA is all about, they are not naïve. There was a report that some 50 French soldiers were among the soldiers surrendering in Mariupol, Azov militia trained in UK. It is the war between the USA and its proxies, NATO and Ukraine, against Russia. It started a long time ago, before the actual regime change. Russia is defending Russian borders, it does not matter what we call it.
So, Lithuania has special ops trainers in country, working with Ukrainian forces, huh? Maybe there’s no Lithuanian translation for “Discretion is the better part of valor.”
Lithuania…now THERE’S a country you don’t wish to f*ck with 😉
A week ago unnamed US intelligence sources in the NYT were saying Ukraine was keeping them in the dark as to what is going on. So, either two different US intelligence services aren’t communicating or it’s all bs. Or the West just can’t pick a phony narrative to go with.
The NYT is operating as a funnel for CIA/NATO disinformation/propaganda. It’s hard, in the thick of it to sort the thing, but it could be Washington wants to entice Russia into directly attacking Kiev and eliminating Z and his top men, … raising the pop war-fever pitch with the supremely emotion laden “bloody shirt”, distracting the growing discontent of the home crowd before the next level of wartime sacrifice in the teeth of a losing battle.
Hah; I posted about that myself; not to be repetitive, but just because we have CIA and special (or even “extra special”) forces on the ground doesn’t mean that the quotes about no one “knowing anything” and “being kept in the dark” are invalid. The CIA was crawling all over Iraq and Afg like an explosion of demented cockroaches for near 20 years, and no group has ever demonstrated the art of being “clueless and kept in the dark” as perfectly as those chowderheads. Just read their unclassified reports for almost 20 years. They got everything wrong. If the Pakistanis hadn’t voluntarily given Bin Laden up, they’d STILL be looking for him.
Sorry, Javy, but I don’t believe for one second that we actually “found” bin Laden. It was all spin to make the administration look as though it had actually accomplished something.
If they did, then BL would have been the longest-living dialysis patient the world has ever known.
In total, the following AFU assets were destroyed by the Russian military: 215 airplanes and 132 helicopters, 1,363 unmanned aerial vehicles, 350 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,809 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 682 combat vehicles equipped with multiple rocket-launching systems, 3,012 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 3,864 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.
Heh, might want to specify that those are Ukrainian assets destroyed, before “Fakin’ Bacon and “Don Julio” come in to say they’re Russian.
The losses are massive, Russia is slowly but surely bleeding out US/NATO in Ukraine.
On June 25, the cities of Severodonetsk and Borovskoye, the settlements of Voronovo and Sirotino passed under control of the Lugansk People’s Republic. The localities liberated from the Kiev regime are inhabited by about 108,000 people. Total area of the liberated territory is about 145 square kilometres.
The NATO airforces are still in perfect condition, the NATO navies are in perfect condition. I do hope they haven’t given all their gear and ammo to the Ukr. So far as I know no NATO soldier has been killed yet.
And you are a fake hacker/keyboard warrior.
I’m still waiting on your threat to destroy me with your Professional Russian hacking buddies. Whatever happened to that? You douche, this is a blog, not a mafia haven.
Hey pal, stop using the word “douche” as a slur. A douche is just a means of irrigating the vagina, and vaginas are NICE THINGS.
I think most (straight) men would agree.
Who was talking to you?
Another definition for you.
Noun. douchebag (plural douchebags). (US, slang, vulgar) A jerk or asshole; a mean or rude person; someone seen as being arrogant, snobby or obnoxious.
Most (straight) men would also agree.
Excuse me pal, this is a public forum.
I guess it’s fine for me to call you a prick, then.
I think everyone here regardless of gender would agree.
If I remember correctly, you pulled the same ‘who’s talking to you’ BS on me a while ago. How convenient, pulling the public forum card.
Excuse me pal, this is a public forum.
I guess it’s fine for me to call you a prick, then.
I think everyone here regardless of gender would agree.
My mom always taught me that douches were terrible for the vagina and were always to be avoided, because vaginas are self-cleaning. Every OB I’ve ever had agreed.
So I don’t see calling someone a “douche” as an anti-woman thing at all. Douches imply that vaginas are inherently dirty and need cleaning. Douches ARE bad things — they’re unnecessary, insulting and even harmful.
I agree with everything you said, LA, but I still find the term insulting to women, for the reason you stated: that vaginas are dirty and need “cleaning”.
Doesn’t mean a thing, Russia has adopted steam roller strategy.. Which just flattens anything in its path. Inch by inch.
It’s slow, but highly effective
The strategy has its pros and cons. It’s obvious that Zelensky cares almost exclusively about the revenue produced in the Donbas. Russia is removing Zelensky’s incentives to try to take back the ground, and you can hear how much it bothers him in some of his comments.
The con is that, they’ll have to rebuild it themselves when the war has ended.
That said, much of the economic infrastructure should have been modernized decades ago. For example, Russia’s new steel plant in Mariupol will be state of the art.
Russia simply doesn’t have the money. They will need the bonanza profit from their resources to replenish weapons stock and take care of Russian economy from the blockades and China will not put resources in places like dpr and lpr.
The West is going to pay for it one way or the other.
I doubt they’ll ever reconstruct any of the territory without the complete and total surrender of the rest of Ukraine. That would mean a harsh war to break spirits. I don’t see that happening. It will always be a bleeding wound for Russia unless they “marginally disrupt” America and others so they can’t continue to fund partisans
The Donbass brought in 80% of the revenue to the Ukrainian budget that’s gone forever.
NYT report! Read it for amusement only
Andrei Martyanov mentions Ukraine just lost three brigades:
the link to that article by Martyanov which I just read this afternoon is
The U.S. doesn’t know how to win wars any longer, just make them last as long as possible so the ‘Offense Industry’ can reap a financial bonanza.
“…The report from the NYT is the first admission that Americans are on the ground in Ukraine….””
and if given the chance, Russia and its allies will ‘demilitarize’ every single one of them……
including, happily, all the CIA and MI6 scoundrels; not to mention the french and canadian war-mongering riffraff
Imaginary US, European Commandos Operating on the Ground in Ukraine: NYT
With Amerikkka’s track record on “winning” wars (Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, etc.) the Ukrainians are certainly doomed to fail by employing Amerikkkan “advisors”.
They are regardless, but assistance by the US regime will undoubtably help hasten Ukraine’s fall.
Actually it’s going to delay the fall; to the detriment of Ukraine and the deaths of many more Ukrainians. Anyone with any sense in that country should start seriously thinking about who they should really be pointing their guns at.
In the respect that we’re donating an endless supply of weapons, then yes, of course.
We win the big ones and we win the impossibly small ones, the ones in the middle where the outcome really doesn’t matter we tend to not win.
Oh, but John, the outcome DID matter greatly to the residents of those nations we destroyed and plunged into chaos.
Oh Agreed, millions have died over the decades in various dirty little operations with our fingerprints all over them. I wish we didn’t do stuff like that. Alas it seems we have some need to pick a side in every struggle, so a barfight in Bolivia and we will have a CIA guy in there helping one of the drunks.
You bet, John!
I seem to recall some other country lost a war in Afghanistan in the last 50 years or so. The memory is vague, can’t quite recall which country that was … right on the tip of my brain …
Hmmm Thomas…were the initials SU?
The Afghan people don’t take well to others f*cking with them, it seems.
Like the “secret bombing” of Cambodia and Laos.
The US is going to have a bitch of a time with their next invasion.
Well, not surprised CIA and “special” forces are in Ukraine; I would be surprised if they weren’t. But, just saying; the statement that “nobody knows anything” and “the US can’t get good intelligence” is not in any way conflicting with us having people on the ground; after all, both Iraq and Afghanistan were literally over-run with CIA and “special” (maybe even “extra special”) forces, and no one there had a clue what was going on regarding the lack of proficiency of the allied forces, where the aid was going, the rampant corruption, the state of the enemy, etc. in those countries either. So them both being “on the ground” and both being “completely ignorant of any facts” would just be them conducting Business As Usual.
Suddenly, MSM got some credibility from Putin lovers here.
Still plenty of skepticism amongst the “Putin lovers” here regarding the NYT. Just a sampling:
“NYT report! Read it for amusement only.”
For most people the NYT was just pointing out something that they already suspected.
Stand ready to see stepped up ‘false flag operations’ in Ukraine to “persuade” NATO to enter officially into the Ukraine war. That proxy war against Russia will turn into a full-fledged war in the coming months, possibly before the November election.
I hope Russia wins the west needs a kick in the teeth because it looks like NATOs defeat in Afghanistan hasn`t taught them any lessons .
Act of War!
Nah, just a special military operation, no biggie.
There will be war crimes tribunals once this is all completed. All of the Western leaders will be arrested and presented to the Hague, my guess is by their own constituents.
This is going so well for so many… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aa57835e86c92bf47a3645ddca9df4324637b726393e9cf25723ad50e08ffb68.jpg
I have a feeling that the attacks on civilian targets will increase as NATO increases the supply of weapons.
Duh … where aren’t cia/spec op/ mercenaries ?
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