Like it or not we’re in the Ukraine war thanks to these CIA bases

The CIA has established 12 secret spy bases in Ukraine along the Russian border over the past decade, according to a recent report by The New York Times. These bases, which are almost entirely financed by the CIA and partially equipped by U.S. spooks, have been used to gather intelligence on Russian activities and to train Ukrainian special forces. The intelligence partnership between the U.S. and Ukraine began in 2014 after Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

This New York Times article sheds light on the CIA’s extensive involvement in Ukraine over the past decade. The agency has established a network of 12 secret spy bases along the Russian border to gather intelligence on Russian activities and train Ukrainian special forces. This partnership began in 2014 after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, with the CIA initially cautious about its involvement.

Over the years, the relationship between the CIA and Ukraine’s intelligence agencies has deepened, with Ukraine becoming an intelligence-gathering hub for the U.S. The CIA has also helped modernize Ukraine’s military intelligence agency in exchange for intelligence from Ukraine. The agency has even provided Ukraine with equipment and training for elite commando forces, as well as training in sabotage and assassinations. The New York Times also revealed the CIA’s covert support for Ukraine involved secretly training and equipping intelligence officers over eight years.

While no one is mentioning the name, we’re guessing this happened on John Brennan’s watch. Here’s the list of CIA Directors who would have been in on this. 

John Brennan (March 8, 2013 – January 20, 2017)
Mike Pompeo (January 23, 2017 – April 26, 2018)
Gina Haspel (May 21, 2018 – January 20, 2021)
William J. Burns (since March 19, 2021)

However, the CIA has been careful to avoid directly participating in lethal operations. The recent revelations have sparked concerns about the future of the CIA’s network of bases in Ukraine, as Republicans are currently blocking $61 billion in funding for Kyiv. As Russia intensifies its offensive, Ukraine is increasingly dependent on these spy bases for intelligence gathering and support.