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CIA is training Ukrainian paramilitaries to ‘kill Russians’

The CIA is training far-right Ukrainian nationalists to “kill Russians” and wage an “insurgency” against Moscow.

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Fighters in Ukraine's neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in 2014, in a photo published by the Atlantic Council (Credit: Creative Commons / Flickr)

The CIA has, since 2015, been training Ukrainian special forces and paramilitaries to “kill Russians.”

The covert program started under US President Barack Obama and was subsequently expanded by both Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

The CIA has also been in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region advising anti-Russian fighters.

This is according to a January 13 report in Yahoo News, titled “CIA-trained Ukrainian paramilitaries may take central role if Russia invades.”

“The CIA is overseeing a secret intensive training program in the U.S. for elite Ukrainian special operations forces and other intelligence personnel,” reported Yahoo News’ national security correspondent Zach Dorfman.

A former CIA official told the outlet, “The United States is training an insurgency.”

The CIA’s goal is to teach Ukrainian fighters “to kill Russians,” he said.

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An excerpt from the Yahoo News report in which a former CIA officer says the “United States is training an insurgency” to “kill Russians”

To understand Moscow’s perspective on what is happening in Ukraine, imagine this scenario: What would the United States do if Russia orchestrated a violent coup d’etat in Mexico – as Washington did in Russia’s neighbor Ukraine in 2014 – then Russian spy agencies spent years training Mexican gangs to kill North Americans, and sent them to the US border to fight an “insurgency”?

That is what Washington is doing on the Russian border.

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