On September 18th, a few hundred British troops carried out their largest parachute drop in several decades to show their “solidarity” with Ukraine.
It is, obviously, not as impressive as flying warplanes that could potentially carry nuclear weapons, but it is something.
The British paratroopers have jumped into Ukraine, alongside soldiers from the army’s elite Pathfinder unit, for an exercise close to the border with Crimea.
The soldiers are from the UK’s global response force 16 Air Assault Brigade.
Pathfinders are trained to parachute behind enemy lines, often jumping from high altitude to glide across borders or opening their chutes below radar.
They operate in secret and many also serve in the SAS, so one senior Pathfinders Commander spoke to Sky, but anonymously.
“Our role is to deploy ahead of the main body in order to conduct reconnaissance of likely drop zones, helicopter landing sites and tactical landing zones and then report that information back,” Sky News cited the anonymous commander.
“What we’re really there to do is provide that ground truth and a level of detail that you can’t get from anything other than having a man on the ground.”
“We covertly insert, most likely at night, to remain undetected by the enemy.”
“Our selection process (finds) mentally robust individuals that can keep going when situations become difficult but what really sets us apart from normal infantry is our ability to operate at reach.”
Ukraine needs support more than ever, with the conflict in Eastern Ukraine presumably at a standstill due to the ceasefire that appears to be holding, despite attempts by Kiev to undermine it.
Ukrainian General Yevhan Moysiuk said that support was needed now more than ever, since “the threat from Russia was growing.”
“It’s becoming stronger now that Russia is trying to deploy large battle groups along the Ukraine border on a permanent basis,” General Moysiuk said.
“The main message for Russia is that the UK is our true and reliable partner who help us in our hardship. The UK is ready to stand up to Russian aggression with us.”
The unnamed British commander said that the exercise wasn’t specifically aimed at being provocative, but rather to simply show solidarity.
“It’s always in our DNA to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice,” the senior British Commander in Ukraine said.
“We’re certainly not here to be provocative, that is not our intent at all. But we always take into account everything that might be said or interpreted, and it is a calibrated posture I think.
“It is very much in our interest to maintain the stability of the Black Sea region. We want to be clear but we’re not being provocative.”
The US Naval Logistics project in Mykolaiv is also moving forward, with work having started in late 2019 and continuing. It is officially simply a Logistics project, since the US armed forces have no troops deployed in Ukraine.
Regardless, below is a video showing U.S. military attache in Ukraine Paul Schmitt praising the good join work between US and Ukrainian forces in Eastern Ukraine and in deterring “Russian aggression.” He is also clearly not referring to some trainings and he appears to not be in a training ground.
Despite all the efforts of the mighty Ukrainian Army and its Western ‘allies’, the ‘Russian threat’ is still not repelled in the combat zone. At the same time, the Kiev government achieved an apparent success in fighting ‘agents of Russia’ in the government-controlled area. In practice, this resulted in the large-scale fight against independent media, political activists and the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
However, these extensive ‘democratic efforts’ did not allow Kiev and its foreign puppeteers to really entrench so-called Western values among a larger part of the Ukrainian society, which is in fact in the state of the occupation by the political regime created after the 2014 coup.
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