According to my Ukrainian mate, special charter flights began arriving a few days ago with men dressed in civilian clothes each carrying bulky NATO issue kit bags, at Boryspil International Airport , 29 km east of Kyiv/Kiev.
Speculation is growing among the local ethnic Russians population that American mercenaries have been deployed to Donetsk after videos emerged of unidentified armed men in the streets of the eastern Ukrainian city.
At least two videos published on YouTube earlier this week show burly, heavily armed soldiers with no insignia in the city, which has been gripped by pro-Moscow protests.
Both the videos which purport to show ‘Blackwater’ mercenaries in Donetsk were uploaded last Monday, with their descriptions written in Russian.
Blackwater!’Since the videos emerged, Twitter has been alive with speculation that mercenaries linked to Blackwater, now known as Academi, are active in Ukraine, helping to prop up the embattled new pro-western government.
Other media/news reports have speculated that these chaps have beeen sent into regions of Eastern and Southern Ukraine where Russian-speaking and ethnic Russian groups are posing to be a regional successionist threat to the new de-facto government of Ukraine.
Major figures including John Ashcroft, the former Attorney General, and former NSA chief Bobby Ray Inman, stated that if Blackwater are present in Ukraine, it would make most sense for them to be deployed in the country’s east and south, where pro-Russian protesters raised the Russian flag over the regional parliament last Saturday.
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