Sep 4 2022 07:26 a.m
The terror against local administrative forces cooperating with Russia in the Kherson, Zaporozhye and Kharkov regions is the result of many years of training by the USA. That said the head of the US Special Operations Command Richard Clarke.
In the past few weeks and months, several pro-Russian administration officials have been killed in the Kherson Oblast and other Russian-controlled parts of Ukraine. They were blown up with their cars, shot or even hanged. Many other attacks were foiled or did not end fatally. The US calls this terror tactic “guerrilla warfare” and “Ukrainian resistance” – and sees itself as the originator of it.
As early as 2014, the USA began to create the conditions for the formation of so-called pockets of resistance against a possible Russian invasion in Ukraine. So said Richard Clarke, the head of US Special Operations Command, in an interview published by columnist The Washington Post (WP) David Ignatius on Wednesday was quoted. According to Clarke, the United States was training Ukrainian Special Operations Forces (SOF) in anticipation of a coming Russian campaign:
“When the Russians invaded in February, we had been working with the Ukrainian SOF for seven years.”
“With our support, they built capacity so that not only did they grow in numbers, but more importantly, they grew in capabilities, both in combat and information operations.”
Information operations are operations in the field of so-called information-psychological warfare. This includes creating panic and fear on social media, spreading fake news and hate campaigns against unpopular media figures and politicians. A total of four centers for information-psychological operations (CIPsO) in Ukraine are entrusted with this task. Thanks to leaked documents knownthat hundreds of CiPsO employees complete training according to NATO specifications.
But physical terror is also part of the arsenal of the Ukrainian special forces. Your high-ranking US trainer has now confirmed this open secret. However, he glorified the terror tactics as “resistance” and “guerrilla warfare.”
In preparation for repelling a Russian invasion, each Ukrainian SOF brigade set up and trained a so-called resistance company last year, which was recruited from the local population in areas such as Kherson, Zaporozhye and Donbass, writes WP. Clarke said:
“Today, if you are a Russian soldier, you have to keep a constant eye on your head because you do not know where the threat lies. You cannot look at every Ukrainian and know if he is an enemy”.
Soldiers are military targets. However, the terror of the Ukrainian special forces is also directed against Ukrainian administrative forces who are trying to organize peaceful life in the areas controlled by Russia. Also WP mention, that:
“This guerrilla war has resulted in a high death toll among pro-Russian officials in the occupied territories. In recent weeks, pro-Russian officials have been killed or injured by car bombs, roadside bombs, poison and shotguns.”
On August 24, Ivan Sushko, the head of the Mikhailovka military and civil administration in the Zaporozhye region, was killed in a car bomb attack killed. He drove his six-year-old adopted daughter to kindergarten. The child survived. On August 27, Andrei Ryzhkov, chief of the local police in the same place, was hanged found. On August 6, Vitaly Gura, the deputy head of the Novaya Kakhovka administration in the Kherson region, killed. He was shot.
Another one crime: The assassination of ex-Verkhovna Rada deputy Alexei Kovalyov and his wife on August 28. He was shot in the head in his home and his partner was stabbed in the neck. Kovalyov belonged to the party of Ukrainian President Zelenskiy “Servant of the People” and was a well-known agricultural entrepreneur in the region. In Kherson he was deputy head of the military-civil administration for agriculture in the Kherson region.
This “partisan campaign” is loud WP at this stage of the war the great advantage of Ukraine. US military commanders warned their Russian counterparts about this brutal irregular warfare, based on US experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Remake of the Bandera terror
There was a lot of talk about it in the US press at the time. What both the US media and the US general fail to mention is the fact that the current Kiev regime does not in fact draw on the experience of sabotage and terror in Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria, but on the struggle of the so-called Ukrainian insurgent army (UPA) at the end of World War II and in the post-war years.
The general population nicknamed the UPA fighters “Banderovtsy” – in reference to the name of the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera. At the end of World War II and for the first six to seven years after the war, these groups operated in the forests of western Ukraine.
The struggle of the “Banderovtsy” was directed not only against Soviet soldiers and representatives of the security organs, but also against ordinary peasants, administrators, teachers and doctors. Thousands of people were murdered, some brutally. There was de facto an underlying civil war in western Ukraine.
The Soviet power eventually won this struggle. Thousands of captured UPA fighters spent some years in the camps but were released after several waves of amnesty during the reign of CPSU General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev. Many observers and those familiar with the area therefore describe the continued terrorist attacks in the Russian-controlled areas as a new edition of the Bandera terror.
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