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On Sunday, The New York Times revealed a long-hidden truth about the extensive involvement of US intelligence in Ukraine’s wartime activities.

It was disclosed that the US had been pivotal in Ukraine’s decision-making during the conflict with Russia, funding high-tech spy centers and training Ukrainian intelligence officers for over a decade across three different American presidencies.

The CIA program aimed at modernizing Ukraine’s intelligence services has significantly enhanced the country’s capabilities, making them a crucial ally against Russian aggression.

This covert operation included establishing secret bases along the Russian border to monitor communications and launch attacks into Russian territory using drones and missiles.

The disclosure of this previously undisclosed partnership between the US and Ukraine brings us closer to a potential global conflict, as it highlights the CIA’s role in recent attacks on Russian infrastructure.

Former SBU head Ivan Bakanov acknowledged that without this support, Ukraine would have struggled to resist Russian forces.

The main source behind these revelations is identified as Gen. Serhii Dvoretskiy, shedding light on the deep intelligence ties between Kiev and Washington that were hidden for years.

This newfound transparency may serve as a warning to Moscow amid Ukraine’s military setbacks – showcasing US support for Ukrainian forces while validating President Putin’s longstanding accusations against Washington.

While the lengthy NYT report is full of fresh revelations and confirmation of just how deeply the CIA has always been involved in Ukraine, below are seven of the biggest contained in the story

The report provides an unexpectedly thorough account of a clandestine underground command center set up by the CIA in close proximity to the Russian border. The exact location remains undisclosed, as expected.

Not far away, a discreet passageway descends to a subterranean bunker where teams of Ukrainian soldiers track Russian spy satellites and eavesdrop on conversations between Russian commanders. On one screen, a red line followed the route of an explosive drone threading through Russian air defenses from a point in central Ukraine to a target in the Russian city of Rostov.

The underground bunker, built to replace the destroyed command center in the months after Russia’s invasion, is a secret nerve center of Ukraine’s military.

There is also one more secret: The base is almost fully financed, and partly equipped, by the CIA.

Within two years after the 2014 West-backed coup in Ukraine, the CIA had set up a training program for elite Ukrainian operatives:

Around 2016, the CIA began training an elite Ukrainian commando force — known as Unit 2245 — which captured Russian drones and communications gear so that CIA technicians could reverse-engineer them and crack Moscow’s encryption systems. (One officer in the unit was Kyrylo Budanov, now the general leading Ukraine’s military intelligence.)

And the CIA also helped train a new generation of Ukrainian spies who operated inside Russia, across Europe, and in Cuba and other places where the Russians have a large presence.

The intelligence network of the United States in Ukraine, which is essentially connected to NATO’s intelligence network, has been revealed to be more extensive than previously speculated by the media.

Ukraine has served as a significant hub for intelligence gathering for Washington and its allies for a long time.

In more than 200 interviews, current and former officials in Ukraine, the United States and Europe described a partnership that nearly foundered from mutual distrust before it steadily expanded, turning Ukraine into an intelligence-gathering hub that intercepted more Russian communications than the CIA station in Kyiv, Ukraine, could initially handle. Many of the officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence and matters of sensitive diplomacy.

Now these intelligence networks are more important than ever, as Russia is on the offensive and Ukraine is more dependent on sabotage and long-range missile strikes that require spies far behind enemy lines. And they are increasingly at risk: If Republicans in Congress end military funding to Kyiv, the CIA may have to scale back.

Here is a deeply ironic excerpt from the Times report. It points out that Putin has consistently accused the US-NATO of increasing its military and intelligence presence in Ukraine, despite this being a reality for the past ten years.

The Kremlin used this as a primary justification for the Russian invasion on Feb. 24, 2022, with Putin and his officials strongly asserting that NATO was militarizing Ukraine.

The Times now appears to acknowledge that, indeed, this was true all along.

Putin has long blamed Western intelligence agencies for manipulating Kyiv and sowing anti-Russia sentiment in Ukraine.

Toward the end of 2021, according to a senior European official, Putin was weighing whether to launch his full-scale invasion when he met with the head of one of Russia’s main spy services, who told him that the CIA, together with Britain’s MI6, were controlling Ukraine and turning it into a beachhead for operations against Moscow.

…U.S. officials were often reluctant to fully engage, fearing that Ukrainian officials could not be trusted, and worrying about provoking the Kremlin.Yet a tight circle of Ukrainian intelligence officials assiduously courted the CIA and gradually made themselves vital to the Americans. In 2015, Gen. Valeriy Kondratiuk, then Ukraine’s head of military intelligence, arrived at a meeting with the CIA’s deputy station chief and without warning handed over a stack of top-secret files.

According to a new account in the NYT:

The report alludes to a significant period that ultimately led Ukraine and Russia on a tragic collision path.

With violence escalating, an unmarked U.S. government plane touched down at an airport in Kyiv carrying John Brennan, then the director of the CIA. He told Nalyvaichenko that the CIA was interested in developing a relationship but only at a pace the agency was comfortable with, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials.

To the CIA, the unknown question was how long Nalyvaichenko and the pro-Western government would be around. The CIA had been burned before in Ukraine.

…The result was a delicate balancing act. The CIA was supposed to strengthen Ukraine’s intelligence agencies without provoking the Russians. The red lines were never precisely clear, which created a persistent tension in the partnership.

The CIA provided funding and cutting-edge technology to empower the Ukrainians to expand their eavesdropping capabilities beyond their normal capacity.

Concurrently, elite commando units were receiving training in various European cities under the CIA’s ‘Operation Goldfish’.

The New York Times report proudly highlights Ukraine’s newfound ability to infiltrate Russian military networks.

In the bunker, Dvoretskiy pointed to communications equipment and large computer servers, some of which were financed by the CIA. He said his teams were using the base to hack into the Russian military’s secure communications networks.

“This is the thing that breaks into satellites and decodes secret conversations,” Dvoretskiy told a Times journalist on a tour, adding that they were hacking into spy satellites from China and Belarus, too.

…The CIA began sending equipment in 2016, after the pivotal meeting at Scattergood, Dvoretskiy said, providing encrypted radios and devices for intercepting secret enemy communications.

One of the most intriguing and notable points in the NYT report is the revelation of the extensive reach of the CIA program during the Trump administration.

The report implies that the actual magnitude may have been kept secret from Trump himself. Allegedly, it was the Russian hardliners within his administration who discreetly carried out the clandestine operations.

The election of Trump in November 2016 put the Ukrainians and their CIA partners on edge.

Trump praised Putin and dismissed Russia’s role in election interference. He was suspicious of Ukraine and later tried to pressure its president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to investigate his Democratic rival, Biden, resulting in Trump’s first impeachment.

The report then emphasizes, “But whatever Trump said and did, his administration often went in the other direction. This is because Trump had put Russia hawks in key positions, including Mike Pompeo as CIA director and John Bolton as national security adviser.”

And further, “They visited Kyiv to underline their full support for the secret partnership, which expanded to include more specialized training programs and the building of additional secret bases.” Given the attempt to place Trump in a negative light (he had to be ‘tiptoed around’…), it will be interesting to see how he and his campaign respond to the report. But more consequential will be the reaction of Putin and the Kremlin in the coming days.

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Doug Goldsmith

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  • If Tom Clancy was still alive he would have already included this information in one of his books. That man knew things I had to keep secret for twenty years. I once reported the contents of one of his books to (classified location) and they just laughed and said, “He has sources in all the militaries.”

  • So, tell me…..

    WHAT did the CIA know about the assassination attempt on Tucker Carlson…..and WHEN did they know it….

    Also, did they facilitate it…..

  • This is a corrupt way to get America and Russia in a War, thanks to the Communist corrupt CIA and FBI.
    First of all the Billions of taxpayers money going to Ukraine, then the invasion thanks to the Communist Anti-American, Democrats.
    Now the high taxes and prices and the free housing, money to all the Illegals while Americans are being made to pay for it all and We The People are suffering. Under this Illegitimate dumbass, fake President Biden, who’s being controlled by Communist Muslim Barack Hussein Obama, another Anti-American, Anti-Constitution POS.!

    • Russia has been 100% the aggressor here in front of your gaslit faces. Putin is just making an excuse aas Hitler or Stalin did for their wars, plundering, and murders. You can’t BELIEVE him.

  • Clancy died at a relatively young age and I was not able to uncover his cause of death. As I recall, he was on his way back to the States and died in transit. At least one of his last books revealed a lot oh criminal trash moving between Western and Eastern Europe, including Ukraine.

  • The US has spy bases all over, just as Russia and especially CHINA does. If they were really any good or intended to protect NATO and Europe, Putin’s genocide could have been stopped.

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