Jan 17, 2022
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NYT: US ready to arm gangs in Ukraine

Across the ocean, they already see a second Afghanistan in Ukraine

“For years, US officials did not know what kind of military support to give Ukraine so as not to provoke Russia. Now Biden administration officials are warning that the US could provide support to the Ukrainian insurgency if Putin invades Ukraine. How this will be done is not yet entirely clear, plans for this are still being developed and agreed upon, ”

– says the newspaper New York Times (New York Times).

NYT: US ready to arm gangs in Ukraine

According to the publication, the development of plans will necessarily take into account the twenty-year experience of the war in Afghanistan, although the United States, according to CURRENTLY, showed themselves there not from the best side and this experience is rather negative, unless the Pentagon uses the experience of the Taliban itself * (a banned organization in the Russian Federation).

These plans are also interesting in that they are about “arming the rebels”, and not about helping the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Apparently, the plans do involve the creation of some armed gangs.

“If Putin invades Ukraine with a large military force, US and NATO military assistance will increase significantly. And if this turns into a Ukrainian insurgency, Putin needs to understand that after fighting the rebels ourselves for two decades, we know how to arm, train and energize them.”

– quotes The newspaper “New York Times Former Supreme Allied Commander in NATO Gen. Stavridis.

According to him, the United States has experience in supporting the Mujahideen in Afghanistan during the presence of the Soviet military in this country in the 70s and 80s of the last century. He is sure that the same war can be organized on the territory of Ukraine, which will be much larger and more bloody than it was in Afghanistan.

And high-ranking administration officials Biden in conversations with allies in the alliance, they openly say that any Ukrainian rebel will be assisted by the Pentagon (this will be explicit assistance) and by the CIA (assistance will be provided covertly).

Administration officials said plans to help Ukrainian rebels could include training in neighboring countries that are part of NATO’s eastern flank: Poland, Romania and Slovakia, which could allow rebels to move in and out of Ukraine. In addition to logistical support and weapons, the United States and its NATO allies can also provide medical equipment, services, and even shelter during Russian offensives. The United States will almost certainly supply the rebels with weapons, officials say.

– writes the author of the article Helen Cooper.

She is sure that such an insurgent campaign, which will be constantly fed and supported from outside, can drag on for years and even decades.

True, some experts believe that the Russian invasion will be limited only to the eastern and southern regions, where the pro-Russian population lives and where rebel forces are unlikely to launch a war, the newspaper notes. As for the western regions, the population there is already training and learning guerrilla tactics.

However, not all military experts in the US are optimistic, some warn that funding and supporting the insurgents is a rather complicated matter that requires long-term planning. Whereas retribution not only from Russia, but also from the Russian-speaking population will “fast, direct and very cruel”, sure Seth J. Jones, Director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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