|Ukrainian troops rely heavily on aid from the United States and its allies|
A secret network of spies and commandos from the US and its allies is reportedly involved in the war in Ukraine. They are trying to help Kiev, including by providing intelligence. Meanwhile, dozens of commandos from a number of NATO countries are also working on Ukrainian soil, The New York Times (NYT) reported this weekend, citing US and European officials. According to the paper, Ukrainian troops are heavily dependent on aid from the United States and its allies, including a network of hidden command and spies that provide weapons, intelligence and training.
The US media also said most of the work was done outside Ukraine, for example at bases in Germany, France and the UK. The NYT said dozens of commandos from NATO countries such as Britain, France, Canada and Lithuania were also working in Ukraine. Not only that, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has also secretly carried out several operations in Ukraine, sharing intelligence from Washington DC. In fact, the administration of President Joe Biden previously claimed that it would not deploy US troops to Ukraine.
Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine since February 24, after the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) requested assistance to defend themselves from provocations by Kiev forces. The DPR and LPR are two regions that broke away from Ukraine. Russia claims the purpose of the special operation is to demilitarize and "denazify" Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the operation was also to protect people who were subjected to "genocide" by the Kiev regime over the past eight years. The Russian Defense Ministry previously stated that during the operation only Ukrainian military infrastructure would be targeted.
Since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict, the West and its allies have supplied Kiev with a lot of weapons and military equipment. The United States and Britain have spent about $6.3 billion and $2.5 billion respectively on military aid to the former Soviet nation.
Ukrainian troops who surrendered and were detained by Russian troops revealed shocking conditions, lack of food and water, after experiencing the siege. Troops held captive in Gorskoye, in the Republic of Lugansk region, said before turning themselves in, they were left without communication, food and drinking water. “They (Ukrainian military command) left us without communication.
We were unable to contact the battalion or brigade. The radio is off. We don't know where to take our positions and what are our duties," a Ukrainian prisoner of war (POW) said in a video released by the Russian Defense Ministry, as quoted by TASS June 25. "We were completely cut off, no food, no water, no communication," the soldier continued. Other Ukrainian POWs said there was no other way out but to lay down their arms and surrender to Russia. “We are under complete surveillance, without seeing the enemy. If we don't lay down our weapons, we'll actually die without a fight. The decision was made to surrender in order to keep the personnel alive," the prisoner said.
He added that Ukrainian soldiers were immediately given food and water after they surrendered. Another Ukrainian POW said they had been thrown into combat without proper training. They were given the opportunity to fire 11 rounds from the assault rifle twice. “We don't have any more training,” one of them emphasized. As previously reported, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov said on Friday, Russian troops surrounded several Ukrainian military units, right-wing "Nazi" troops (Azov Battalion) and a group of foreign mercenaries in the vicinity of the Gorskoye and Zolotoye regions of the Lugansk People's Republic.
The encircled Ukrainian combat group numbered about 2,000 troops manned at less than 40 percent, its supplies having been completely frozen. In the past 24 hours, 41 Ukrainian soldiers laid down their weapons and surrendered, the general said.