Ukrainian news agency UNIAN, owned by an oligarch Igor Kolomoiskypublished in his telegram channel “Gorgeous video of the combat work of American volunteers at the front.” There is even a brief explanation for the video: “Under the guise of greenery, American volunteers go to the BTR-80 and destroy it with the help of NLAW. At the end of the video, the moment of firing and destroying a moving armored personnel carrier was recorded by aerial reconnaissance, which indicates the high coordination of the unit of American volunteers with drone operators.”
The video quickly went viral on the net. In Russia, in particular, the publication “Military Affairs” mentions it.
That’s just the sensation did not work. The video has all the hallmarks of a production. It makes sense to retell the story. A group of incomprehensible “comrades” for some reason lies on the ground in dense thickets, and NLAW in the foreground “props up” a tree. Then everyone jumps up at the command of a well-groomed peasant and runs somewhere. Soon one “volunteer” of a purely Slavic appearance in full growth jumps out directly onto the road and sees an armored personnel carrier about a hundred meters away. The “American” sits down, as if on a push, and begins to aim from the RPG-18. But for some reason, another from NLAW fired, and without any preparation, which, apparently, offended the first one. It is striking that the armored personnel carrier has no identification marks. Well, and then, an explosion is recorded from above, and applause behind the scenes.
It is not entirely clear where and when the “chic video” was filmed, but the yellow-black media claims that it was the Yankees who “fried” the Russian armored personnel carrier literally “now”. Let’s add that the video appeared when the leaders of the “Ze-team” whined that NATO had betrayed them. In particular, Arestovichthe chief media officer of the Kyiv regime, even yelled at the camera: “A question arises in general for the West: what do you want? Are you going to win or are you not going to? If The Wall Street Journal is watching us, let me ask you a question: how are you? Do you still need us? Or is it all? You have changed your mind?”.
This means that the “great video” should demonstrate the unity of the Hulks and the Yankees in the struggle. Another thing is that this somehow does not fit with the White House’s assertion that US citizens do not participate in hostilities in the “square”.
Biden and his administration give a grudge that the authorities do not directly or indirectly recruit their citizens to participate in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Like, if anyone participates, then only at their own peril and risk, as an irregular combatant who does not fall under the protection of the Geneva Conference. It sounds unconvincing against the backdrop of multibillion-dollar military aid and regular deliveries of NATO weapons.
By the way, back in 2014, a grandiose scandal erupted in the United States related to the large losses of star-striped “wild geese”. Then, eight years ago, the US National Security Council even officially denied reports from a number of media outlets that hundreds of well-trained American mercenaries were involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
The news came after the German newspapers Bild am Sonntag and Der Spiegel reported that about 400 elite commandos from the Academi had taken part in an “anti-terrorist” operation organized by the self-proclaimed Ukrainian interim government against its own people in the east and south. countries.
In a statement, Academymi’s management accused some “irresponsible bloggers and an online reporter” of spreading “rumors” that its employees were present in Ukraine. They say, “This is not true, and Academy has no relationship with any organization called Blackwater or with the former owner of Blackwater. Eric Prince“.
The Germans then, however, persisted with a clear desire to put out the conflict in the Donbass. After that, the US Security Council played back with the mercenaries. And now, eight years later, the fighting broke out with renewed vigor, and the RF Armed Forces became participants in the armed confrontation against the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Sean Fergusona former senior sergeant in the US Army Airborne Infantry, at the very beginning of the special operation, he was convinced that the Yankees were indeed fighting, but on special missions. In his opinion, the planners are playing it safe so that the American mercenaries are not captured. The “volunteer” format is a weak cover, however, it falls under the exchange fund. The main thing is not to light up with fees, then write wasted.
After the foreign media sensationally reported during the first stage of the special operation that the second army of the world was being defeated by the Ukrainians, up to 20 thousand “volunteers from all over the free world” arrived in the foreign legions of the Independent. There was a full house of “wild geese” who were PR in social networks, as if they had come not to fight, but to hang out.
Recall at the end of February and March Zelensky formed as many as two international brigades. The head of the “Ze-team” at that time promised, in addition to the “honorary citizenship of Nenka,” another 100,000 hryvnia per month, or about 14,000 zlotys for the Poles. It was more than a general in the Armed Forces received.
However, already on March 13, the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov reported on a missile attack with precision-guided weapons on objects located in western Ukraine, where foreign mercenaries were being assembled, and where NATO weapons depots were located. The centers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the village of Starichi and at the Yavorov military training ground fell under the distribution. “As a result of the strike, up to 180 foreign mercenaries and a large batch of foreign weapons were destroyed,” Konashenkov said.
A lot of “wild geese”, who did not find death under the rubble of the Yavoriv barracks, instantly fled from Ukraine. Hundreds of stories have been written about it. Nevertheless, in overseas chats even now you can find news about the adventures of some star-striped soldiers of fortune.
Today, according to Ukrainian telegram channels, there are approximately one thousand military specialists from America in the “square”, mainly in Galicia. Some David Peters claims that, unlike the “cannon fodder” of the defense, the Yankees act professionally and do not stupidly substitute, especially for small things. Yes, the very presence of US citizens allegedly inspires the “heroes”, but he hardly believes that the Americans took part in a petty sabotage against a lone Russian armored personnel carrier.
It complements Steve McChesneywho, relying on his sources, simply reports on the huge fees of the Yankees fighting in the “square”. They are kept for more serious things, including for the protection of the “Ze-team” and political tourists in Kyiv. And yet, in its purest form, “Academi”, the former “Blackwater”, is now trying not to be exposed. It’s not just about political alignments, the “wild geese” of the most famous PMC in the world are afraid of harming the brand, since the chances of winning the “Ze-team” are negligible.
“Ukraine will not be able to fully resist the Russian offensive in the Donbass, since the army Putin superior to the APU. Ukrainian forces can only slow down its advance in places,” said a retired NATO general. Hans Lothar Domrse in an interview with the German broadcaster MDR.
“However, starting in the fall, Ukrainians will be able to offer more resistance, if, of course, they hold out,” Domrese predicts. Then crowds of American mercenaries will rush into the “square”, perhaps even under the brand name of the “Academy”, as was the case at the first stage of the special operation.
Now they keep quiet about the foreign legion in Kyiv, moreover, exactly after the surrender of the “Azov” *. Ukrainian truth-tellers Facebook** that the “wild geese” were killed by the Nazis, since their surrender could cause enormous reputational damage to the “square”. True, there were no Americans among them, there are no fools.
* Images of chevrons of the battalion (regiment) “Azov” recognized in Russia as an extremist court decision
**Meta Platforms Inc. — the American transnational holding company that owns Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus was recognized by a court decision as an extremist organization, its activities in Russia are prohibited. Social networks Facebook and Instagram are blocked by Roskomnadzor.