During the Cold War 2.0 standoff between Russia and the U.S. in Ukraine, NATO and Washington insisted on the following Narrative: the Russians have sent combat troops to support their proxies in the Donbass, and lied about it when some of them came home in coffins. But no NATO army, much less the Americans, has sent troops or even recently discharged from active duty veterans or private military contractors (PMCs) aka mercenaries to fight alongside the Ukrainian Army. It's assumed that no NATO combatants have bled or died alongside Kiev's soldiers, or even been placed in harms' way within range of enemy artillery fire.
However, longtime Vineyard of the Saker editor and contributor 'Scott', who tweets at @ScottsHumor, tweeted out a video this week purporting to show American soldiers training their Ukrainian counterparts in the so-called 'ATO' zone of the Donbass, much closer to the front lines than the Pentagon has ever shown or admitted. If the footage can be independently authenticated, it would
A) prove that the U.S. Dept. of Defense and NATO have been lying about the extent of their involvement in the 2 1/2 year old Donbass War
B) potentially represent another escalation designed to provoke the Russians ahead of President elect Donald Trump being able to implement his campaign promise of detente with Moscow.
The latter point is what most interests the Russia Analyst, seeking answers to the question of 'why are we seeing this now?'Read More