US, British spy agencies preparing Ukraine to withstand Russian invasion – reports

Ukraine Russia borderBRITISH, AMERICAN AND OTHER Western intelligence agencies are quietly preparing Ukrainian military and security experts to withstand a possible Russian attack, according to a number of media reports. The New York Times reported on Monday that cyberwarfare units from the United States and the United Kingdom have been dispatched to Ukraine. Their mission is believed to be helping the former Soviet republic in confronting possible large-scale cyberattacks from Moscow.

According to The Times, Ukraine has been undergoing a widespread series of cyberattacks from Russia almost without stop during the past several years. The attacks have consisted of multiple sabotage and espionage campaigns, which have targeted nearly every Ukrainian government agency, as well as the country’s energy infrastructure. These attacks have historically been low in number and intensity. This has changed in recent months, however, according to American officials.

Some observers are concerned that a series of large-scale cyberattacks may precede a military invasion by the nearly 200,000 Russian troops that are currently present along the Russian-Ukrainian border. Were they to materialize, these cyberattacks will probably attempt to sabotage core functions of Ukraine’s economy and government, including the banking and air-traffic systems. Moscow’s broader goal, according to The Times, would be to subvert the ability of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s government to govern Ukraine. This, in turn, could lead to its fall and replacement by a pro-Russian administration. If a pro-Russian government is threatened by a pro-Western revolt —something that Ukraine has seen in the past— it could potentially request military assistance from Moscow, which would provide a political pretext for an invasion.

Meanwhile, British newspaper The Daily Mirror said on Monday that American intelligence agencies have “secretly agreed to arm and train Ukrainian troops on how to fight a guerrilla war against Russian forces if they invade”. The paper said that meetings to discuss these plans have been taking place between officials from the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency. The goal of such an effort, the report claims, would be to mirror the American help given to Afghan fighters by the CIA during the Soviet-Afghan war of the 1980s.

Author: Joseph Fitsanakis | Date: 21 December 2021 | Permalink

5 Responses to US, British spy agencies preparing Ukraine to withstand Russian invasion – reports

  1. technofiend1 says:

    Reblogged this on © blogfactory and commented:
    Danger ahead

  2. This must account for the ‘Radio War’ being waged by Russia where Spy station messages are being sent out of schedule. The longest messages are being sent by the Polytone stations where groups are exceeding 900.
    The question has to be if these messages are in fact valid or just transmitted to waste the SIGINT analyst’s time.
    Such transmissions were seen during the Crimean debacle and perhaps not surprisingly today.

  3. David says:

    Too bad a couple of wings of A-10’s with F-22’s flying overhead couldn’t be part of the agenda. This is exactly the mission they were designed for.

  4. F. Adams says:

    Glad we’re doing something. Its too bad Russia didn’t try this in the 90’s when we still had most of the NATO stay-behind networks intact for the most part, we could have moved them into Ukraine very quietly and if the Russians were to do anything we would have made their lives extremely difficult. Same thing goes for Det-A in Berlin on the military side.

    From my own experience people in the Army and OGA around my age don’t usually know about any of that, though generally they possibly heard of Det-A’s modern descendant SFOD 39 in Korea and they’ve heard of whatever CAG’s calling itself now, and in the MI community they may know about the existence of whatever the former US Army Intelligence Support Activity calls itself as well, but they’re not really well versed in how we planned to slow down, if not stop, the Seven Days to the Rhine battle plan that the Soviets formulated. Thing is, after fighting Islamist counterinsurgency for 20 years that level of institutional memory likely doesn’t exist anymore and will be difficult to rebuild especially since we don’t know when (or even if) Vlad is going to attack.

  5. Iconoclast XIII says:

    My late friend had an encyclopedic knowledge of military affairs. _Some_ of which he was willing to share, though my better quesions usually met with “never mind.” About 30 years ago, I asked why with both Reagan and Gorbachev in favor of mutual massive cuts to strategic weapon systems… His reaction was unique: silence with his face screwed in a manner that would appeared to reflect genuine anguish…

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