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COMMENT: An impor­tant arti­cle in Covert Action Mag­a­zine access­es infor­ma­tion by the bril­liant, ground-break­ing researcher/author Dou­glas Valen­tine on what appears to be a Ukrain­ian man­i­fes­ta­tion of the Phoenix Pro­gram.

Hav­ing writ­ten the fore­most text about that oper­a­tion, Valen­tine offers analy­sis indi­cat­ing that the Ukrain­ian SBU intel­li­gence ser­vice is fol­low­ing the lead of the part­nered CIA in imple­ment­ing a “cleans­ing” cam­paign in that coun­try.

  • ” . . . . Dou­glas Valen­tine, author of the sem­i­nal book The Phoenix Pro­gram (1990), in a recent inter­view told me that Phoenix went pub­lic in 1968 under the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion that it was ‘pro­tect­ing the peo­ple from terrorism’—like with the SBU pro­grams today. The deten­tions were large­ly designed to encour­age defec­tions while strik­ing fear in the pub­lic. . . .”
  • ” . . . . Dou­glas Valen­tine, author of the sem­i­nal book The Phoenix Pro­gram (1990), sees eerie par­al­lels between the orig­i­nal Phoenix pro­gram and Zelensky’s oper­a­tions today. In both cas­es, Valen­tine told CAM in an exclu­sive inter­view, ‘neu­tral­ism wasn’t tol­er­at­ed.’ . . .”

1.  “Ukraine Hunts Down ‘Trai­tors Help­ing Rus­sia’” by Jere­my Kuz­marov; Covert Action Mag­a­zine; 5/2/ 2022.

State ter­ror oper­a­tions that fol­low from CIA play­book con­tra­dict saint­ly image of Zelen­sky pro­mot­ed in the U.S. media.

Ukrain­ian Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Zelensky’s saint­ly image in the media is con­tra­dict­ed by state ter­ror oper­a­tions being con­duct­ed under his orders against polit­i­cal dis­si­dents and Ukrain­ian civil­ians accused of col­lab­o­ra­tion with Rus­sia.

The Asso­ci­at­ed Press report­ed last week that near­ly 400 peo­ple in the north­east­ern city of Kharkiv alone have been detained under anti-col­lab­o­ra­tion laws enact­ed by Ukraine’s par­lia­ment and signed by Zelen­sky after Russia’s Feb­ru­ary 24 inva­sion.

YouTube video accom­pa­ny­ing the short arti­cle jux­ta­posed a speech by Zelen­sky say­ing that “col­lab­o­ra­tors will be brought to jus­tice” with the arrest of a mid­dle-aged Kharkiv man named Vik­tor by the Ukrain­ian Secu­ri­ty Ser­vices (SBU) because of a social media post prais­ing Vladimir Putin, call­ing for seces­sion and insult­ing the Ukrain­ian flag—which Vik­tor called a “sym­bol of death.”

The SBU agent showed Vik­tor his social media post and asked: “You sup­port­ed Putin? Are you sup­port­ing the Russ­ian army. You are not speak­ing very nice­ly about the Ukrain­ian flag, are you?”

Vik­tor respond­ed, before being tak­en away: “I am sor­ry. Yes I com­ment­ed a lot. I told you. I changed my mind.”

The video shows anoth­er raid by the SBU on an apart­ment in Kharkiv where the SBU arrest­ed a for­mer Ukrain­ian army offi­cer who had con­tacts with the Rus­sians on his phone in the days after the city had been shelled.

An SBU agent says that the man had “put us in dan­ger and civil­ians [in dan­ger].”

The man’s father, Volodymyr Rad­nenko, asked the SBU agent: “Who is shelling us? It’s not our (peo­ple). It’s your fas­cists. And he [the son] just gets angry at that. So you under­stand. That’s all.”

Mr. Radnenko’s com­ments sum up the injus­tice of the SBU sweeps. Ukrain­ian cit­i­zens are being crim­i­nal­ized for express­ing anger at Ukrain­ian army prac­tices.

“Reg­istry of Col­lab­o­ra­tors”

Roman Dudin, head of the Kharkiv branch of the SBU, in an inter­view with the Asso­ci­at­ed Press, said that the pur­pose of the SBU raids was to “have no one stab our armed forces in the back.”

Dudin omi­nous­ly spoke in a dark base­ment where the SBU moved its oper­a­tions after its build­ing in cen­tral Kharkiv was shelled.

Accord­ing to Olek­siy Danilov, head of Ukraine’s Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil, a “reg­istry of col­lab­o­ra­tors” by Ukraine is cur­rent­ly being com­piled and will be released to the pub­lic as part of mar­tial law pro­grams that have result­ed in the ban­ning of 11 polit­i­cal par­ties.

Olek­siy Danilov [Source: wikipedia.org]

Under the cur­rent reg­u­la­tions, offend­ers face up to 15 years in prison for col­lab­o­rat­ing with Russ­ian forces, mak­ing pub­lic denials about Russ­ian aggres­sion or sup­port­ing Moscow. Any­one whose actions result in deaths could face life in prison.

The gov­er­nor of the Niko­laev region, Vitaly Kim, a mem­ber of Zelensky’s Ser­vant of the Peo­ple par­tyopen­ly called for the assas­si­na­tion of any Ukrain­ian cit­i­zen who sup­ports Rus­sia.

Phoenix Redux

pre­vi­ous CAM exposé point­ed to the omi­nous par­al­lels between the SBU oper­a­tions in Ukraine and the Phoenix pro­gram in Viet­nam, which result­ed in the killing, impris­on­ment and tor­ture of thou­sands of South Viet­namese, includ­ing civil­ian offi­cials accused of being loy­al to the left-wing, anti-impe­ri­al­ist Nation­al Lib­er­a­tion Front (NLF).

In both cas­es, the CIA is a key coor­di­na­tor behind the scenes and helps in the com­pil­ing of black­lists that result in the detain­ment, and often tor­ture and mur­der of civil­ians. .

Vasi­ly Pro­zorov, a for­mer offi­cer with the SBU, stat­ed soon after his defec­tion to Rus­sia in 2018 that the SBU had been advised by the CIA since 2014. “CIA employ­ees [who have been present in Kyiv since 2014] are resid­ing in clan­des­tine apart­ments and sub­ur­ban hous­es,” he said. “How­ev­er, they fre­quent­ly come to the SBU’s cen­tral office for hold­ing spe­cif­ic meet­ings or plot­ting secret oper­a­tions.”

Dou­glas Valen­tine, author of the sem­i­nal book The Phoenix Pro­gram (1990), in a recent inter­view told me that Phoenix went pub­lic in 1968 under the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion that it was “pro­tect­ing the peo­ple from terrorism”—like with the SBU pro­grams today. The deten­tions were large­ly designed to encour­age defec­tions while strik­ing fear in the pub­lic.

Accord­ing to Valen­tine, on Jan­u­ary 6, 1969, New York Times reporter Drum­mond Ayres offered a favor­able com­men­tary on Oper­a­tion Phoenix, say­ing that “more than 15,000 of the 80,000 VC [Viet­cong] polit­i­cal agents thought to be in South Viet­nam are said to have been cap­tured or killed.”

Ayres fur­ther expressed the belief that “the gen­er­al course of the war…now appears to favor the Gov­ern­ment” and pre­dict­ed that Phoenix would “achieve much greater suc­cess as the center’s files grow.”

Despite the good reviews, Valen­tine said that the sur­fac­ing of Phoenix in the press sent the pub­lic­i­ty-shy CIA run­ning for cov­er, and led to new leg­is­la­tion designed to legit­i­mate its activ­i­ties.

Sim­i­lar­ly today, as more infor­ma­tion comes to light, we may see renewed CIA efforts to try to legit­i­mate its under­cov­er oper­a­tions and to bur­nish the image of its proxy forces in Ukraine whose modus operandi—like that of its pre­de­ces­sors in Vietnam—is moral­ly abhor­rent.

 

2.  “CIA Behind Secret Plots to Kid­nap, Tor­ture and Assas­si­nate Ukrain­ian Dis­si­dents for Pres­i­dent Zelen­sky, says Ukraine Defec­tor” by Jere­my Kuz­marov; 4/25/2022.

Tech­niques of Tor­ture and Assas­si­na­tion Deployed by the SBU (Ukraine’s CIA) Recall the U.S.’s Bru­tal “Oper­a­tion Phoenix” in Viet­nam

Vasi­ly Pro­zorov, a for­mer offi­cer with the Secu­ri­ty Ser­vices of Ukraine (SBU) stat­ed soon after his defec­tion to Rus­sia in 2018 that the SBU had been advised by the CIA since 2014.

“CIA employ­ees [who have been present in Kyiv since 2014] are resid­ing in clan­des­tine apart­ments and sub­ur­ban hous­es,” he said. “How­ev­er, they fre­quent­ly come to the SBU’s cen­tral office for hold­ing, for exam­ple, spe­cif­ic meet­ings or plot­ting secret oper­a­tions.”

See video: https://thegrayzone.com/2022/04/17/traitor-zelensky-assassination-kidnapping-arrest-political-opposition/

Vasi­ly Pro­zorov (left) at work in the anti-ter­ror­ist oper­a­tion zone in Donet­sk region with Colonel Sergey Krivonos. [Source: mirror.co.uk]Vasi­ly Pro­zorov [Source: tellerreport.com].[

Prozorov’s rev­e­la­tions take on extreme­ly omi­nous impli­ca­tions in light of a new report by The Gray­zone Project detail­ing the SBU’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in a cam­paign of assas­si­na­tion, kid­nap­ping and tor­ture over­seen by Ukrain­ian Pres­i­dent and West­ern media dar­ling Volodymyr Zelen­sky.

The cam­paign bears com­par­i­son with Oper­a­tion Phoenix in South Viet­nam, which result­ed in the killing, impris­on­ment and tor­ture of thou­sands of South Viet­namese, includ­ing civil­ian offi­cials accused of being loy­al to the left-wing, anti-impe­ri­al­ist Nation­al Lib­er­a­tion Front (NLF).

Dur­ing con­gres­sion­al hear­ings in 1971, Ogden Reid (D‑NY) said that, “if the Union had had a Phoenix pro­gram dur­ing the Civ­il War, its tar­gets would have been civil­ians like Jef­fer­son Davis or the may­or of Macon, Geor­gia.”[1]

In the Ukrain­ian case, one of the tar­gets of the SBU death squads was the may­or of the east­ern city of Kreminna in the Ukrain­ian-con­trolled side of Luhan­sk, Volodymyr Struk.

On March 1, Struk was kid­napped by men in mil­i­tary uni­form and then shot in the heart, with his tor­tured body dis­played before the pub­lic. Struk had report­ed­ly urged his Ukrain­ian col­leagues to com­pro­mise and nego­ti­ate with pro-Russ­ian offi­cials.

Anton Gerashchenko, an advis­er to the Ukrain­ian Min­istry of Inter­nal Affairs, cel­e­brat­ed the mayor’s mur­der, declar­ing on his Telegram page: “There is one less trai­tor in Ukraine.” 

Gerashchenko has com­piled a “black­list of ene­mies of the state.” It includes jour­nal­ists who have been mur­dered by state-backed death squads, such as promi­nent colum­nist Oles Buz­i­na, whose name had appeared on the list.[2]

As of today, eleven may­ors in Ukrain­ian towns are miss­ing. On March 7, the may­or of Gos­tomel, Yuri Pry­lyp­ko, was found mur­dered. Pry­lyp­ko had report­ed­ly entered into nego­ti­a­tions with the Russ­ian mil­i­tary to orga­nize a human­i­tar­i­an cor­ri­dor for the evac­u­a­tion of his city’s residents—a red line for Ukrain­ian ultra-nation­al­ists who had long been in con­flict with the mayor’s office. (The Ukraini­ans claim that Pry­lop­ko was killed by Russ­ian sol­diers while dis­trib­ut­ing food and med­i­cine)

Then there was the mur­der of Denis Kireev, a top mem­ber of the Ukrain­ian nego­ti­at­ing team, who was killed in broad day­light in Kyiv after the first round of talks with Rus­sia. Kireev was sub­se­quent­ly accused in local Ukrain­ian media of “trea­son.”

Pres­i­dent Zelen­sky stat­ed that “there would be con­se­quences for col­lab­o­ra­tors,” indi­cat­ing his sup­port for the Phoenix-style oper­a­tions.

Police State

Cur­rent­ly, Zelen­sky is pro­mot­ing a bill that would expand the SBU’s pow­ers. The head of the SBU, Ivan Bakonov, is a close friend of his.

The direc­tor of SBU’s coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence, Olek­san­dr Pok­lad, is nick­named “The Stran­gler.” He has a rep­u­ta­tion for using tor­ture and assort­ed dirty tricks to set up his boss­es’ polit­i­cal rivals on trea­son charges.

In a March 19 exec­u­tive order, Zelen­sky invoked mar­tial law to ban 11 oppo­si­tion par­ties. The out­lawed par­ties con­sist­ed of the entire left-wing, social­ist or anti-NATO spec­trum in Ukraine. They includ­ed the For Life Par­ty, the Left Oppo­si­tion, the Pro­gres­sive Social­ist Par­ty of Ukraine, the Social­ist Par­ty of Ukraine, Union of Left Forces, Social­ists, the Par­ty of Shariy, Ours, State, Oppo­si­tion Bloc and the Volodymyr Sal­do Bloc.

Open­ly fas­cist and pro-Nazi par­ties like the Azov Nation­al Corps were left untouched.

On April 12, Zelen­sky announced the arrest of his prin­ci­pal polit­i­cal rival, Vik­tor Medved­chuk, by the SBU. In a pho­to released to the pub­lic, Medvedchuk’s face appeared to be swollen and bruised, the like­ly result of beat­ings by SBU goons.

Inmates con­sid­ered SBU-run pris­ons to be “like a small Guan­tanamo.” Beat­ings took place at all hours of the night amidst the back­drop of Ukrain­ian nation­al­ist music.

Phoenix Redux

Dou­glas Valen­tine, author of the sem­i­nal book The Phoenix Pro­gram (1990), sees eerie par­al­lels between the orig­i­nal Phoenix pro­gram and Zelensky’s oper­a­tions today. In both cas­es, Valen­tine told CAM in an exclu­sive inter­view, “neu­tral­ism wasn’t tol­er­at­ed.”

Valen­tine recount­ed how leg­endary CIA offi­cer Lucien Conein had told him that Phoenix was, “a very good black­mail scheme for the cen­tral gov­ern­ment. ‘If you don’t do what I want, you’re VC [Viet­cong].’”

This is sim­i­lar to Ukraine today—exemplified by the killing of gov­ern­ment nego­tia­tors who advo­cate for peace with Rus­sia, or may­ors adopt­ing a com­pro­mis­ing or neu­tral­ist line.

Valen­tine not­ed that under Phoenix, or Phung Hoang as it was called by the CIA’s South Viet­namese coun­ter­parts, due process was total­ly non-exis­tent. South Viet­namese civil­ians whose names appeared on black­lists could be kid­napped, tor­tured and mur­dered sim­ply on the word of an anony­mous informer—which is again hap­pen­ing in Ukraine.

Telling­ly, after Volodymyr Struk’s death, Anton Gerashchenko claimed that Struk had been judged by the “court of the people’s tri­bunal” rather than any for­mal legal state court struc­ture.

‘Ram­page Against Any and All Iter­a­tions of Inter­nal Polit­i­cal Oppo­si­tion”

The Gray­zone Project report­ed that, since Russ­ian troops entered Ukraine on Feb­ru­ary 24, “Ukraine’s SBU secu­ri­ty ser­vice had been on a ram­page against any and all iter­a­tions of inter­nal polit­i­cal oppo­si­tion,” which indeed sounds a lot like Phioenix. “Left­ist Ukrain­ian activists have faced par­tic­u­lar­ly harsh treat­ment, includ­ing kid­nap­ping and tor­ture.”

On March 3 in the city of Dnipro, SBU offi­cers accom­pa­nied by Azov ultra-nation­al­ists raid­ed the homes of activists with the Liviz­ja (Left) orga­ni­za­tion, which has orga­nized against social spend­ing cuts and right-wing media pro­pa­gan­da.

While one activist said the Azov mem­ber “cut my hair off with a knife,” the state secu­ri­ty agents pro­ceed­ed to tor­ture her hus­band, Alexan­der Matjuschenko, press­ing a gun bar­rel to his head and forc­ing him to repeat­ed­ly belt out the nation­al­ist salute, “Sla­va Ukrai­ni!”

“Then they put bags over our heads, tied our hands with tape and took us to the SBU build­ing in a car. There they con­tin­ued to inter­ro­gate us and threat­ened to cut off our ears,” Matjuschenko’s wife told the Ger­man pub­li­ca­tion Junge Welt.

The Azov mem­bers and SBU agents record­ed the tor­ture ses­sion and pub­lished images of Matjuschenko’s blood­ied face online.

The tor­ture of left-wing activist Alexan­der Matjuschenko on March 3 in Dnipro, record­ed by Azov mem­bers and post­ed on Telegram by the city of Dnipro. [Source: thegrayzone.com]

Matjuschenko was jailed on the grounds that he was “con­duct­ing an aggres­sive war or mil­i­tary oper­a­tion,” and now faces 10 to 15 years in prison. Despite endur­ing sev­er­al bro­ken ribs from the beat­ing by state-backed ultra-nation­al­ists, he has been denied bail. Mean­while, dozens of oth­er left­ists have been jailed on sim­i­lar charges in Dnipro.

Among those tar­get­ed by the SBU were Mikhail and Alek­sander Kononovich, mem­bers of the out­lawed Lenin­ist Com­mu­nist Youth Union of Ukraine. Both were arrest­ed and jailed on March 6 and accused of “spread­ing pro-Russ­ian and pro-Belaru­sian views.”

In the fol­low­ing days, the SBU arrest­ed broad­cast jour­nal­ist Yan Taksyur and charged him with trea­son; human rights activist Ele­na Berezh­naya; Ele­na Viach­eslavov­na, a human rights advo­cate whose father, Mikhail, was burned to death dur­ing the May 2, 2014 ultra-nation­al­ist mob attack on anti-Maid­an pro­test­ers out­side the Odessa House of Trade Unions; inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ist Yuri Tkachev, who was charged with trea­son; dis­abled rights activist Oleg Novikov, who was jailed for three years this April on the grounds that he sup­port­ed “sep­a­ratism”; and an untold num­ber of oth­ers.

These cas­es are all rem­i­nis­cent of the Phoenix pro­gram in Viet­nam, where Provin­cial Recon­nais­sance Unit (PRU) goon squads trained by the CIA tar­get­ed human rights and oth­er polit­i­cal activists, jour­nal­ists and oppo­nents of the Thieu-Ky clique that Wash­ing­ton had propped up in South Viet­nam.

In the Ukraine case, Zelen­sky may have gone one step fur­ther: There are reports that SBU agents have tried to kid­nap and kill dis­si­dents abroad, includ­ing oppo­si­tion fig­ure Ana­toly Shariy, a crit­ic of Zelen­sky and his pre­de­ces­sor Petro Poroshenko and 2014 Maid­an coup who was brand­ed by the Lithuan­ian media as a “favorite friend of Putin.”

Fas­cist Lin­eage

Accord­ing to the World Social­ist web­site, the SBU—a suc­ces­sor of the Stal­in­ist secret ser­vice KGB in Ukraine—has long-stand­ing ties to the Ukrain­ian far right, includ­ing the neo-fas­cist Azov Bat­tal­ion.

It has been heav­i­ly involved in efforts by the Ukrain­ian state to reha­bil­i­tate the Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tionist orga­ni­za­tions, the Ukrain­ian Insur­gency Army (UPA), and the Orga­ni­za­tion of Ukrain­ian Nation­al­ists (OUN), which was head­ed dur­ing World War II by fas­cist Stepan Ban­dera.

Valen­tyn Naly­vaichenko, the first head of the SBU after the Euro­maid­an regime-change oper­a­tion of 2013–2014, declared in 2015 that the SBU “does not need to invent any­thing new, it is impor­tant to build on the tra­di­tions of the Orga­ni­za­tion of Ukrain­ian Nation­al­ists (OUN) and UPA in the 1930–1950 years.”

Dur­ing World War II, Ukrain­ian fas­cists of the OUN‑B were involved in the mas­sacres of tens of thou­sands of Jews and Poles, as well as of Ukrain­ian oppo­nents of fas­cism. After the war and well into the 1950s, both the OUN‑B and UPA were engaged in an insur­gency against Sovi­et rule, with back­ing from the CIA, dur­ing which the UPA killed anoth­er 20,000 Ukrain­ian civil­ians.

CIA Paci­fi­ca­tion

Not sur­pris­ing per­haps giv­en his his­tor­i­cal out­look, Naly­vaichenko nur­tured close ties to Wash­ing­ton when he served as gen­er­al con­sul to the Ukrain­ian Embassy in the U.S. dur­ing the George W. Bush admin­is­tra­tion. Dur­ing that time, Naly­vaichenko was recruit­ed by the CIA, accord­ing to his pre­de­ces­sor at the SBU, Alexan­der Yaki­menko, who served under the Russ­ian-ori­ent­ed gov­ern­ment of deposed Pres­i­dent Vik­tor Yanukovych.[3]

Dou­glas Valen­tine believes that the CIA “is apply­ing the same orga­ni­za­tion­al struc­ture in Ukraine as it used in South Viet­nam to con­duct an updat­ed ver­sion of the typ­i­cal ‘two tier’ Phoenix pro­gram. The top tier is to assure polit­i­cal con­trol, the low­er tier to paci­fy the pop­u­la­tion.”

Valen­tine con­tin­ued:

“Orga­ni­za­tion­al­ly, Phoenix coor­di­nates CIA for­eign intel­li­gence and covert action offi­cers and oper­a­tions from the high­est nation­al lev­el through the provinces down to the most remote ter­ri­to­r­i­al out­posts.

For­eign intel­li­gence offi­cers advise SBU secu­ri­ty ser­vice to assure ‘top tier’ inter­nal secu­ri­ty and polit­i­cal con­trol; and Ukrain­ian CIA agents run ops into Don­bas, Rus­sia and Belarus, send­ing ille­gal trav­el­ers, smug­glers, and agents to set up agent nets and pen­e­trate the ene­my in his ter­ri­to­ry, [and car­ry out] sab­o­tage and sub­ver­sion. SBU and Ukrain­ian CIA are where hit-lists get authored. CIA offi­cers advise mil­i­tary, mili­tias and mer­ce­nar­ies in deni­able polit­i­cal, para­mil­i­tary and psy­cho­log­i­cal oper­a­tions to ter­ror­ize and oth­er­wise per­suade civil­ian pop­u­la­tion to sup­port Zelen­sky while demor­al­iz­ing and fight­ing the ene­my.”

As in Viet­nam, some of the CIA agents may be oper­at­ing under the cov­er of State Depart­ment-run police train­ing pro­grams which were insti­tut­ed in Ukraine after the 2014 Maid­an coup.[4] Oth­ers were known to have been assigned to spe­cial­ized para­mil­i­tary units fight­ing in east­ern Ukraine.[5]

Phoenix Always Ris­ing from the Ash­es

Accord­ing to Valen­tine, the dis­as­ter now unfold­ing in Ukraine has long been in the works. Start­ing in 1991 with the fall of the USSR, the CIA began buy­ing prop­er­ty and set­ting up orga­ni­za­tions and busi­ness­es in Ukraine so it would have fronts and safe hous­es.

“All these things serve as places where CIA offi­cers can meet and plot and engage in uni­lat­er­al recruit­ments to put politi­cians and civ­il ser­vants and busi­ness­men in place who can assure that the CIA can reor­ga­nize the econ­o­my and the gov­ern­ment and put a Defense Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of the Inte­ri­or in place who is on their pay­roll, who will then appoint police chiefs who will be on the CIA payroll—for the pur­pose of fur­ther­ing U.S. pol­i­cy, not Ukraine pol­i­cy.”

The ulti­mate goal since 1991 was to start a war in the Ukraine against Rus­sia, which weak­ens Rus­sia but also forces Ukraini­ans to flee the war zones. As soon as that hap­pens, the prices go down and who is going to go swoop­ing in there to buy it up?

Mean­while, Valen­tine says, “the CIA is build­ing a com­pat­i­ble civ­il base through uni­lat­er­al recruit­ments. Also, U.S. uni­ver­si­ties and unions send advis­ers to help cre­ate schools and indoc­tri­nate youth and work­ers.

Busi­ness advis­ers cre­ate a Rotary Club and a Cham­ber of Com­merce. They cre­ate a for­eign rela­tions coun­cil. This is how the CIA rules a for­eign soci­ety: through the own­er­ship of prop­er­ty and hav­ing the prop­er peo­ple in gov­ern­ment secu­ri­ty and defense indus­tries and con­trol of the civic insti­tu­tions.”

Accord­ing to Valen­tine, “the CIA is work­ing with bankers. They want Ukraini­ans putting their mon­ey in a Mor­gan Stan­ley bro­ker­age firm in Kyiv. They want to suck the life out of Ukraini­ans. Peo­ple do it on the promise of a brighter future—others are bribed, still oth­ers like Zelen­sky in my hum­ble opin­ion are black­mailed.”

“What­ev­er, the CIA is manip­u­lat­ing them toward U.S. poli­cies. CIA offi­cers are recruit­ing peo­ple and putting them in place, hav­ing them sign con­tracts.

It would be like the Rus­sians com­ing here to the Unit­ed States and recruit­ing peo­ple and our police forces and our gov­ern­ment insti­tu­tions. It’s ille­gal. You can’t do it. You can’t take mon­ey from a for­eign intel­li­gence agency and work against your own gov­ern­ment, but that is what the CIA is doing in the Ukraine right now on a mas­sive scale.”

Valen­tine fur­ther notes:

“They’re always find­ing a rea­son to start a war, so they can send the next gen­er­a­tion of young men into bat­tle, to learn how to kill peo­ple in the most bru­tal fashion—that’s Phoenix, always ris­ing from the ash­es of war. The U.S. has an imper­a­tive to be as super-aggres­sive as it can be, so it doesn’t lose its edge. If its preda­to­ry impulse to dom­i­nate was stilt­ed in Viet­nam, that doesn’t mean the sol­diers and spies aren’t going to pop up some­place else. They’re always going to pop up some­place else. They always do. Like in Ukraine.”

Where Is the Con­gres­sion­al Over­sight?

Valen­tine point­ed out that, at the con­clu­sion of the con­gres­sion­al hear­ings into the orig­i­nal Phoenix pro­gram in 1971, Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Pete McCloskey (R‑CA), John Cony­ers (D‑MI), Ben Rosen­thal (D‑NY), and Bel­la Abzug (D‑NY) stat­ed their belief that “the peo­ple of these Unit­ed States … have delib­er­ate­ly imposed on the Viet­namese peo­ple a sys­tem of jus­tice which admit­ted­ly denies due process of law…. In so doing, we appear to have vio­lat­ed the 1949 Gene­va Con­ven­tion for the pro­tec­tion of civil­ian peo­ples” in time of war.”

“Some of us who have vis­it­ed Viet­nam,” they fur­ther said, “share a real fear that the Phoenix pro­gram is an instru­ment of ter­ror… and that U.S. civil­ian and mil­i­tary per­son­nel have par­tic­i­pat­ed for over three years in the delib­er­ate denial of due process of law to thou­sands of peo­ple held in secret inter­ro­ga­tion cen­ters built with U.S. dol­lars.” They added that “Con­gress owes a duty to act swift­ly and deci­sive­ly to see that the prac­tices involved are ter­mi­nat­ed forth­with.”[6]

Now where is the con­gres­sion­al over­sight of the CIA’s abus­es in Ukraine? And main­stream media scruti­ny, which would gen­er­ate the kind of pub­lic out­rage nec­es­sary for insti­tut­ing con­gres­sion­al hear­ings?

Dou­glas Valen­tine, The Phoenix Pro­gram (Lin­coln, NE: iUni­verse, 2000), 13. 

Buz­i­na advo­cat­ed for uni­ty among Ukraine, Belarus, and Rus­sia and cam­paigned to out­law neo-Nazi orga­niz­ing. 

Mint­press report­ed that the CIA has an entire floor in the SBU head­quar­ters in Kyiv

For the his­tor­i­cal pat­tern, see Jere­my Kuz­marov, Mod­ern­iz­ing Repres­sion: Police Train­ing and Nation Build­ing in the Amer­i­can Cen­tu­ry (Amherst, MA: Uni­ver­si­ty of Mass­a­chu­setts Press, 2012). 

CIA agents trained their Ukrain­ian coun­ter­parts, accord­ing to a Yahoo News exposé, in sniper tech­niques and use of Javelin anti-tank mis­siles. 

Valen­tine, The Phoenix Pro­gram, 235. 

Discussion

3 comments for “Ukrainian Phoenix Program?”

  1. Part of what made the reports of the assas­si­na­tion of Daria Dug­i­na so trou­bling is that it sig­naled the kind of esca­la­tion in the con­flict that can be hard to con­trol. High lev­el assas­si­na­tions tend to elic­it reprisals. Esca­lat­ed con­flicts can’t always be con­tained. And that brings us to the fol­low­ing arti­cle in Covert Action Month­ly about the grow­ing sus­pi­cions held by Dou­glas Valen­tine — an expert on the his­to­ry of the CIA’s Phoenix Pro­gram — that the CIA was involved with the plot against Dug­i­na. Valen­tine admits he’s bas­ing these sus­pi­cions pure­ly on spec­u­la­tion. But as we’re going to see, it’s pret­ty informed spec­u­la­tion, which includes the pub­li­ca­tion last week of a puff piece in the NY Times tout­ing a new­ly-cre­at­ed secret civil­ian assas­si­na­tion pro­gram run by Ukraine’s mil­i­tary. Mem­bers of the assas­si­na­tion unit — the “civil­ian vol­un­teers” — were made avail­able to the media to dis­cuss its oper­a­tions. So when mem­bers of a civil­ian assas­si­na­tion unit are being tout­ed in the NY Times, that cer­tain­ly sug­gests this is a CIA-approved oper­a­tion.

    Under a law passed last year, Ukraine’s spe­cial forces can secret train, arm, and pay secret com­bat­ants fight­ing on Ukrain­ian ter­ri­to­ry in time of war. Inter­est­ing­ly, Ukraine inter­prets these secret civil­ian fight­ers as have a legal basis for attack­ing civil­ians, which would be pro­hib­it­ed for sol­diers under inter­na­tion­al law. Inter­na­tion­al law actu­al­ly con­sid­ers them com­bat­ants once they engage in hos­til­i­ties, but Ukraine is mak­ing a dif­fer­ent legal deter­mi­na­tion. Oper­at­ing in a cell-like man­ner, mem­bers only know the iden­ti­ties of their fel­low cell mem­bers, so if these issues are ever inves­ti­gat­ed it’s not nec­es­sar­i­ly going to be easy to get accu­rate info on who was actu­al­ly involved in any of the crimes car­ried out by these units.

    And while the Ukrain­ian law said spe­cial forces are allowed to train these civil­ians units, it actu­al­ly sounds like the civil­ian vol­un­teers were ini­tial­ly trained under pro­grams oper­at­ed by Right Sec­tor and Azov’s Nation­al Corp. So Ukraine’s Nazi bat­tal­ions are set­ting up secret cells of civil­ian assas­sins. What could pos­si­bly go wrong?

    Ok, first, here’s the report from Covert Action Mag­a­zine describ­ing Dou­glas Valen­tine’s dark sus­pi­cions. The kind of sus­pi­cions that, if true, sug­gests there’s going to be a lot more high-lev­el assas­si­na­tion attempts in the future. And poten­tial some very nasty blow­back:

    Covert Action Mag­a­zine

    Intel­li­gence Expert Believes CIA Behind Car Bomb Assas­si­na­tion of Daugh­ter of Alexan­der Dug­in

    By Jere­my Kuz­marov -
    August 24, 2022

    CIA expert Dou­glas Valen­tine, author of the sem­i­nal book The Phoenix Pro­gram (1990), believes that the CIA was behind the car bomb that killed Darya Dug­i­na, a jour­nal­ist and daugh­ter of well-known Russ­ian intel­lec­tu­al Alexan­der Dug­in.

    Ms. Dug­i­na, 29, was killed on Sat­ur­day night when a bomb blew up the Toy­ota Land Cruis­er she was dri­ving in a sub­urb of Moscow. She was the intend­ed tar­get along with her father, whose pro­mo­tion of a Eurasian Union has influ­enced the think­ing of Vladimir Putin and mem­bers of his inner cir­cle.

    Russia’s Fed­er­al Secu­ri­ty Ser­vices (FSB) blamed the Ukrain­ian intel­li­gence ser­vices for the killing, spec­i­fy­ing that the attack was car­ried out by a woman named Natalya Vovk (AKA Natalya Sha­ban), a mem­ber of the Azov Bat­tal­ion along with her broth­er who arrived in Rus­sia last month with her teenage daugh­ter.[1]

    Vovk alleged­ly rent­ed an apart­ment from where she researched Ms. Dug­i­na, attend­ed “The Tra­di­tion” cel­e­bra­tion where her father gave a speech and Ms. Dug­i­na was killed, and after plant­i­ng the bomb, fled to Esto­nia via Pskov.

    Accord­ing to Dou­glas Valen­tine, “Zelen­sky doesn’t go to the bath­room with­out ask­ing per­mis­sion from his CIA case offi­cer. Ten bil­lion dol­lars comes with a lot of strings attached. The CIA would have been inti­mate­ly involved in recruit­ing the woman assas­sin, prepar­ing the plan every step of the way includ­ing escape. That’s just Stan­dard Oper­at­ing Pro­ce­dure.”

    Valen­tine admits of course that there is no direct evi­dence to impli­cate the CIA in Dugina’s killing and that he’s mak­ing an “edu­cat­ed guess,” how­ev­er, “clan­des­tine ops occur by def­i­n­i­tion with­out any­one know­ing they hap­pened.” Valen­tine fur­ther told CAM that “the CIA doesn’t con­duct a covert oper­a­tion of this grandios­i­ty unless it’s deni­able and worth the risk. That’s known. So there’s rarely any evi­dence.”

    Phoenix Pro­gram Redux

    Just days before Dugina’s assas­si­na­tion, The New York Times pub­lished a front-page arti­cle about Ukrain­ian guer­ril­la fight­ers, or par­ti­sans, who open­ly admit­ted to plant­i­ng car bombs tar­get­ing pro-Russ­ian police offi­cers and politi­cians behind Russ­ian lines.

    Ukraine’s Spe­cial Ser­vices (SBU) is also known to have set up a Phoenix-style kid­nap­ping and assas­si­na­tion pro­gram tar­get­ing dis­si­dents, includ­ing may­ors and local gov­ern­ment offi­cials con­sid­ered sym­pa­thet­ic to Rus­sia.

    Vasi­ly Pro­zorov, a for­mer SBU offi­cer, mean­while pro­claimed that the SBU had been advised by the CIA since 2014. “CIA employ­ees [who have been present in Kyiv since 2014] are resid­ing in clan­des­tine apart­ments and sub­ur­ban hous­es,”” he said. “How­ev­er, they fre­quent­ly come to the SBU’s cen­tral office for hold­ing, for exam­ple, spe­cif­ic meet­ings or plot­ting secret oper­a­tions.”

    Valen­tine told CAM in April that the CIA “is apply­ing the same orga­ni­za­tion­al struc­ture in Ukraine as it used in South Viet­nam to con­duct an updat­ed ver­sion of the typ­i­cal ‘two tier’ Phoenix pro­gram. The top tier is to assure polit­i­cal con­trol, the low­er tier to paci­fy the pop­u­la­tion.”

    Valen­tine con­tin­ued:

    “CIA for­eign intel­li­gence offi­cers advise SBU secu­ri­ty ser­vice to assure ‘top tier’ inter­nal secu­ri­ty and polit­i­cal con­trol; and Ukrain­ian CIA agents run ops into Don­bas, Rus­sia and Belarus, send­ing ille­gal trav­el­ers, smug­glers, and agents to set up agent nets and pen­e­trate the ene­my in his ter­ri­to­ry, [and car­ry out] sab­o­tage and sub­ver­sion. SBU and Ukrain­ian CIA are where hit-lists get authored. CIA offi­cers advise mil­i­tary, mili­tias and mer­ce­nar­ies in deni­able polit­i­cal, para­mil­i­tary and psy­cho­log­i­cal oper­a­tions to ter­ror­ize and oth­er­wise per­suade civil­ian pop­u­la­tion to sup­port Zelen­sky while demor­al­iz­ing and fight­ing the ene­my.”

    As in Viet­nam, some of the CIA agents may be oper­at­ing under the cov­er of State Depart­ment-run police train­ing pro­grams which were insti­tut­ed in Ukraine after the 2014 Maid­an coup.[4] Oth­ers have been assigned to spe­cial­ized para­mil­i­tary units fight­ing in east­ern Ukraine.[5]

    Valen­tine stat­ed that the “orig­i­nal Phoenix was respon­si­ble for the planned assas­si­na­tion of between 25,000 to 40,000 peo­ple in South Viet­nam. Based on the Phoenix orga­ni­za­tion­al mod­el, assas­si­na­tion became a stan­darized com­po­nent of mil­i­tary and CIA oper­a­tions. It has since been per­fect­ed, as evi­denced by the assas­si­na­tion of Dug­i­na and scores of oth­er exam­ples from Cen­tral Amer­ic­ca to Iran to Africa and the Far East.”

    ...

    1. A Russ­ian web­site of the NemeZi­da project, which pub­lish­es data on Ukrain­ian ser­vice­men post­ed in April that Natalya Sha­ban, born in 1979, served in the Azov-based Nation­al Guard. (The Nation­al Guard is not the same as the U.S. Nation­al Guard; rather, it was formed direct­ly by the hard­core Azov Reg­i­ment, with many mem­bers not direct­ly mem­bers of the Azov.) The April post­ing dis­plays a copy of Vovk/Shaban’s cer­tifi­cate indi­cat­ing mil­i­tary unit No. 3057, in which the 12th brigade of the Nation­al Guard of Ukraine is sta­tioned. Sha­ban is the name that her daugh­ter, Sophia Sha­ban, used when they entered Russia—and the assump­tion is that Natalya Vovk is the maid­en name of Natalya Sha­ban. The pho­to­graph of the Nation­al Guard mem­ber is a close match with the Natalya Vovk rent­ing an apart­ment next to Darya Dugina’s res­i­dence.

    ————-

    “Intel­li­gence Expert Believes CIA Behind Car Bomb Assas­si­na­tion of Daugh­ter of Alexan­der Dug­in” By Jere­my Kuz­marov; Covert Action Mag­a­zine; 08/24/2022

    “Accord­ing to Dou­glas Valen­tine, “Zelen­sky doesn’t go to the bath­room with­out ask­ing per­mis­sion from his CIA case offi­cer. Ten bil­lion dol­lars comes with a lot of strings attached. The CIA would have been inti­mate­ly involved in recruit­ing the woman assas­sin, prepar­ing the plan every step of the way includ­ing escape. That’s just Stan­dard Oper­at­ing Pro­ce­dure.””

    Was the CIA inti­mate­ly involved in the plan­ning of Dug­i­na’s assas­si­na­tion? If so that’s the kind of esca­la­tion that trig­ger some very unpleas­ant blow­back. And would Valen­tine was admit­ted­ly just engaged in informed spec­u­la­tion about the CIA’s involve­ment in the plot, it’s hard to ignore the cir­cum­stan­tial evi­dence he cit­ed. There’s the direct­ly claims of for­mer SBU offi­cer Vasi­ly Pro­zorov about the CIA’s direct involve­ment in advis­ing SBU oper­a­tions, which is lit­tle sur­prise. But it’s that NY Times arti­cle from last week describ­ing a civil­ian ‘par­ti­san’ net­work that is per­haps the most com­pelling cir­cum­stan­tial evi­dence that the US gov­ern­ment at least approves of Ukraine’s assas­si­na­tion pro­grams. Because as we’re going to see, the that NY Times piece is basi­cal­ly a pub­lic rela­tions piece tout­ing the new­ly cre­at­ed civil­ian par­ti­san assas­si­na­tion net­work. And when puff pieces about civil­ian assas­si­na­tion pro­grams are show­ing up in places like the NY Times, that’s a clue about the CIA’s atti­tude regard­ing these pro­grams:

    ...
    Just days before Dugina’s assas­si­na­tion, The New York Times pub­lished a front-page arti­cle about Ukrain­ian guer­ril­la fight­ers, or par­ti­sans, who open­ly admit­ted to plant­i­ng car bombs tar­get­ing pro-Russ­ian police offi­cers and politi­cians behind Russ­ian lines.

    Ukraine’s Spe­cial Ser­vices (SBU) is also known to have set up a Phoenix-style kid­nap­ping and assas­si­na­tion pro­gram tar­get­ing dis­si­dents, includ­ing may­ors and local gov­ern­ment offi­cials con­sid­ered sym­pa­thet­ic to Rus­sia.

    Vasi­ly Pro­zorov, a for­mer SBU offi­cer, mean­while pro­claimed that the SBU had been advised by the CIA since 2014. “CIA employ­ees [who have been present in Kyiv since 2014] are resid­ing in clan­des­tine apart­ments and sub­ur­ban hous­es,”” he said. “How­ev­er, they fre­quent­ly come to the SBU’s cen­tral office for hold­ing, for exam­ple, spe­cif­ic meet­ings or plot­ting secret oper­a­tions.”
    ...

    Ok, and now here’s last week’s NY Times puff peace about the secret — but not so secret any­more — civil­ian par­ti­san assas­si­na­tion squad: the “com­mu­ni­ty vol­un­teers”. As we’ll see, the Zelen­skiy gov­ern­ment was mak­ing mem­bers of the unit avail­able for inter­views with the media. So the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment want­ed to make it pub­licly known that it has already set up a secret civil­ian assas­si­na­tion squad tar­get­ing those deemed to be trai­tors.

    The “com­mu­ni­ty vol­un­teers” are over­seen by branch­es of the mil­i­tary but trained by groups like Right Sec­tor and Azov’s Nation­al Corp. Mem­bers are placed into sep­a­rate cells and don’t know the iden­ti­ties of oth­er cells, and tasked with iden­ti­fy­ing and ter­ror­iz­ing or killing civil­ians deemed to be trai­tors. It’s one of the main fea­tures of the whole enter­prise. Under a Ukrain­ian law passed last year, the military’s Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces are autho­rized to train, arm and pay secret com­bat­ants fight­ing on Ukrain­ian ter­ri­to­ry in time of war. And accord­ing to Ukrain­ian inter­pre­ta­tion of the laws of war, these civil­ians are legal­ly allowed to tar­get civil­ians, which would nor­mal­ly be pro­hib­it­ed by the laws of war. Inter­na­tion­al law still con­sid­ers that civil­ians become com­bat­ants once they take up hos­til­i­ties, but Ukrain­ian is going ahead with its legal inter­pre­ta­tions any­way:

    The New York Times

    Behind Ene­my Lines, Ukraini­ans Tell Rus­sians ‘You Are Nev­er Safe’

    Clan­des­tine resis­tance cells are spot­ting tar­gets, sab­o­tag­ing rail lines and killing those deemed col­lab­o­ra­tors as they seek to unnerve Russ­ian forces.

    By Andrew E. Kramer
    Aug. 17, 2022

    ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — They sneak down dark­ened alleys to set explo­sives. They iden­ti­fy Russ­ian tar­gets for Ukrain­ian artillery and long-range rock­ets pro­vid­ed by the Unit­ed States. They blow up rail lines and assas­si­nate offi­cials they con­sid­er col­lab­o­ra­tors with the Rus­sians.

    Slip­ping back and forth across the front lines, the guer­ril­la fight­ers are known in Ukraine as par­ti­sans, and in recent weeks they have tak­en an ever more promi­nent role in the war, rat­tling Russ­ian forces by help­ing deliv­er humil­i­at­ing blows in occu­pied areas they thought were safe.

    Increas­ing­ly, Ukraine is tak­ing the fight against Russ­ian forces into Russ­ian-con­trolled areas, whether with elite mil­i­tary units, like the one cred­it­ed on Tues­day with a huge explo­sion at a Russ­ian ammu­ni­tion depot in the occu­pied Crimean Penin­su­la, or an under­ground net­work of the guer­ril­las.

    Last week, Ukrain­ian offi­cials said, the par­ti­sans had a hand in a a suc­cess­ful strike on a Russ­ian air base, also in Crimea, which Moscow annexed eight years ago. It destroyed eight fight­er jets.

    “The goal is to show the occu­piers that they are not at home, that they should not set­tle in, that they should not sleep com­fort­ably,” said one guer­ril­la fight­er, who spoke on con­di­tion that, for secu­ri­ty rea­sons, he only be iden­ti­fied by his code name, Svarog, after a pagan Slav­ic god of fire.

    In recent days the Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary made Svarog and sev­er­al oth­er of the oper­a­tives avail­able for inter­views in per­son or online, hop­ing to high­light the par­ti­sans’ widen­ing threat to Russ­ian forces and sig­nal to West­ern donors that Ukraine is suc­cess­ful­ly ral­ly­ing local resources in the war, now near­ly six months old. A senior Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary offi­cial famil­iar with the pro­gram also described the work­ings of the resis­tance.

    Their accounts of attacks could not be ver­i­fied com­plete­ly but aligned with reports in the Ukrain­ian media and with descrip­tions from Ukraini­ans who had recent­ly fled Russ­ian-occu­pied areas.

    Svarog and I met over lemon­ade and cheese pas­tries at a Geor­gian restau­rant in Zapor­izhzhia, a city under Ukrain­ian con­trol about 65 miles north of the occu­pied town of Meli­topol.

    He spoke with inti­mate knowl­edge of par­ti­san activ­i­ties, pro­vid­ing a rare glimpse into one of the most hid­den aspects of the war.

    The Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary began train­ing par­ti­sans in the months before the inva­sion, as Rus­sia massed troops near the bor­ders. The effort has paid off in recent weeks as Ukrain­ian forces are press­ing a coun­terof­fen­sive in the south, although Russ­ian forces, with far greater advan­tages in heavy weapons, still sur­round Ukraine from the east and north.

    ...

    With lit­tle move­ment of the front lines, insur­gent activ­i­ty is now inten­si­fy­ing, as the fight­ers strike stealth­ily in envi­rons they know inti­mate­ly, using car bombs, boo­by traps and tar­get­ed killings with pis­tols — and then blend­ing into the local pop­u­la­tion.

    Before the war, Svarog occa­sion­al­ly joined week­end train­ing with Right Sec­tor and Nation­al Corps, a branch of the Azov move­ment, both of which are aligned with para­mil­i­tary units in Ukraine. They were just two of dozens of orga­ni­za­tions run­ning mil­i­tary train­ing for civil­ians through­out Ukraine dur­ing the eight-year war with Russ­ian-backed sep­a­ratists.

    Svarog said he was among the trainees in these pub­lic pro­grams. Behind the scenes, Ukraine’s Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces were form­ing a more struc­tured, and secret, pro­gram that includ­ed instruc­tion on sab­o­tage, explo­sives and stash­ing weapon caches in antic­i­pa­tion of Russia’s attack.

    After the inva­sion, Svarog said, he was direct­ed to a stor­age shed out­side Meli­topol, where he found slabs of high explo­sives, det­o­na­tors, Kalash­nikov rifles, a grenade launch­er and two pis­tols equipped with silencers.

    Meli­topol, the south­ern Ukrain­ian town where Svarog oper­ates, has since emerged as a cen­ter of the resis­tance. He recount­ed the care­ful cas­ing of tar­gets, fol­lowed by attacks.

    By Sat­ur­day, par­ti­sans had struck with explo­sives sev­en days in a row, accord­ing to the town’s exiled may­or, Ivan Fedorov, who boast­ed of the achieve­ment to Ukrain­ian media as part of the more pub­lic embrace of par­ti­san oper­a­tions by offi­cials.

    The attacks have been going on for sev­er­al months. This spring, Svarog said, he and sev­er­al mem­bers of the cell in Meli­topol sneaked through the town at night to boo­by-trap a car in the park­ing lot of a Russ­ian-con­trolled police sta­tion.

    Car­ry­ing wire cut­ters, tape and fish­ing line, the fight­ers moved through court­yards and back alleys to avoid Russ­ian check­points.

    They first cut an elec­tri­cal wire, black­ing out a street­light, then dashed quick­ly into the dark­ness where they plant­ed a bomb, wrapped in tape with the sticky side fac­ing out­ward, into a wheel well. The fish­ing line was taped both to the inside of the wheel and to a det­o­na­tor, rig­ging the bomb to explode when the wheel turned.

    “Any­body who would dri­ve that car would be a trai­tor,” Svarog said. “Nobody there is keep­ing pub­lic order.” The bomb killed one police offi­cer and wound­ed anoth­er.

    In a strike last week, he said, his cell boo­by-trapped the car of Oleg Shostak, a Ukrain­ian who had joined the Russ­ian polit­i­cal par­ty Unit­ed Rus­sia in Meli­topol. The insur­gents tar­get­ed him because they sus­pect­ed him of tai­lor­ing pro­pa­gan­da to appeal to local res­i­dents.

    Svarog, who said he did not take part in this par­tic­u­lar mis­sion, said his team placed a bomb under the driver’s seat, rigged to explode when the engine start­ed.

    Mr. Shostak was wound­ed in the explo­sion but sur­vived, said Mr. Fedorov, the exiled may­or. The attack was sep­a­rate­ly report­ed by Ukrain­ian author­i­ties and described by dis­placed peo­ple leav­ing Meli­topol through a check­point to Ukrain­ian ter­ri­to­ry on Sun­day.

    Whether tar­get­ed peo­ple sur­vive or die in the attacks, par­ti­sans say, is less impor­tant than the sig­nal sent with each strike: You are nev­er safe.

    Under a Ukrain­ian law passed by Par­lia­ment last year, the military’s Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces are autho­rized to train, arm and pay secret com­bat­ants fight­ing on Ukrain­ian ter­ri­to­ry in time of war. In the law, they are called “com­mu­ni­ty vol­un­teers.”

    The par­ti­sans say they are civil­ians and the legal basis for their activ­i­ty is there­fore reg­u­lat­ed under the Ukrain­ian law, not the laws of war that pro­hib­it, for exam­ple, a sol­dier from tar­get­ing a civil­ian offi­cial.

    But under inter­na­tion­al law civil­ians become com­bat­ants when they start tak­ing part in hos­til­i­ties. The par­ti­sans work for the gov­ern­ment, even the mil­i­tary, and whether the murky area they inhab­it does in fact fall under inter­na­tion­al law — and whether their activ­i­ties vio­late those rules — is a mat­ter for debate.

    Not all their activ­i­ties are vio­lent. Sep­a­rate­ly, two par­ti­sans oper­at­ing in occu­pied south­east­ern Ukraine described a branch of the under­ground called Yel­low Rib­bon, which posts leaflets and spray paints graf­fi­ti.

    The bases on Ukrain­ian ter­ri­to­ry where oper­a­tives are trained are moved con­stant­ly to avoid dis­cov­ery, accord­ing to a senior Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary offi­cial. The offi­cial spoke on con­di­tion of anonymi­ty to dis­cuss sen­si­tive mil­i­tary infor­ma­tion.

    Each oper­a­tive has a dif­fer­ent a role to play, the offi­cial said: scout­ing a tar­get, gath­er­ing intel­li­gence on a target’s move­ments, and car­ry­ing out an attack. Indi­vid­ual cells are kept sep­a­rate and do not know one anoth­er, lest a detained par­ti­san reveal iden­ti­ties under inter­ro­ga­tion.

    Two enti­ties with­in the mil­i­tary are respon­si­ble for over­see­ing oper­a­tions behind ene­my lines, the offi­cial said: the mil­i­tary intel­li­gence ser­vice, known as HUR, and Ukraine’s Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces. An inter­a­gency task force over­sees oper­a­tions of both the intel­li­gence agency and Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces branch­es of the under­ground, what is known as the Resis­tance Move­ment, or Rukh Oporu in Ukrain­ian.

    The offi­cial described a poi­son­ing in the Zapor­izhzhia region that killed around 15 Russ­ian sol­diers and the sab­o­tage of a grain ele­va­tor, in the Kher­son region, that pre­vent­ed Russ­ian forces from steal­ing 60,000 tons of grain. Nei­ther oper­a­tion could be inde­pen­dent­ly ver­i­fied.

    Par­ti­sans were also behind an explo­sion on Sat­ur­day that dis­abled a rail­road bridge con­nect­ing Meli­topol to Crimea, halt­ing the sup­ply of mil­i­tary equip­ment com­ing into the Zapor­izhzhia region.

    The par­ti­sans are search­ing for those they con­sid­er trai­tors, too.

    The Ukrain­ian under­ground in occu­pied ter­ri­to­ry con­sid­ers police offi­cers, munic­i­pal and region­al gov­ern­ment employ­ees and teach­ers who agree to work under the Russ­ian edu­ca­tion­al cur­ricu­lum as col­lab­o­ra­tors, accord­ing to Svarog and anoth­er par­ti­san using the nick­name Viking. They said they did not see doc­tors, fire­fight­ers and employ­ees of util­i­ty com­pa­nies as trai­tors.

    Teach­ers are a focus now, with schools sched­uled to open in Sep­tem­ber.

    “The Rus­sians want to teach by their pro­gram, not the truth,” Viking said. “A child is vul­ner­a­ble to pro­pa­gan­da and if raised in this pro­gram, will become an idiot like the Rus­sians,” he said. “A teacher who agrees to teach by the Russ­ian pro­gram is a col­lab­o­ra­tor.”

    Par­ti­sans will not attack teach­ers, he said, but have sought to humil­i­ate them through leaflets they often post on util­i­ty poles with dark warn­ings for col­lab­o­ra­tors, as part of their psy­cho­log­i­cal oper­a­tions.

    One went up recent­ly, he said, with the names and pho­tographs of prin­ci­pals plan­ning to open schools in Sep­tem­ber.

    It said: “For col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Rus­sians, there will be pay­back.”

    ————

    “Behind Ene­my Lines, Ukraini­ans Tell Rus­sians ‘You Are Nev­er Safe’” By Andrew E. Kramer; The New York Times; 08/17/2022

    “In recent days the Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary made Svarog and sev­er­al oth­er of the oper­a­tives avail­able for inter­views in per­son or online, hop­ing to high­light the par­ti­sans’ widen­ing threat to Russ­ian forces and sig­nal to West­ern donors that Ukraine is suc­cess­ful­ly ral­ly­ing local resources in the war, now near­ly six months old. A senior Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary offi­cial famil­iar with the pro­gram also described the work­ings of the resis­tance.”

    It’s a remark­able jux­ta­po­si­tion: the Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary is engaged in a kind of pub­lic rela­tions cam­paign for Ukraine’s assas­si­na­tion force. An assas­si­na­tion force over­seen by the mil­i­tary but com­prised of non-sol­dier civil­ians. Civil­ian-par­ti­sans trained by groups like Right Sec­tor and Azov’s Nation­al Corps. So this is a secret civil­ian assas­si­na­tion squad trained by neo-Nazis now engaged in a pub­lic rela­tions cam­paign:

    ...
    With lit­tle move­ment of the front lines, insur­gent activ­i­ty is now inten­si­fy­ing, as the fight­ers strike stealth­ily in envi­rons they know inti­mate­ly, using car bombs, boo­by traps and tar­get­ed killings with pis­tols — and then blend­ing into the local pop­u­la­tion.

    Before the war, Svarog occa­sion­al­ly joined week­end train­ing with Right Sec­tor and Nation­al Corps, a branch of the Azov move­ment, both of which are aligned with para­mil­i­tary units in Ukraine. They were just two of dozens of orga­ni­za­tions run­ning mil­i­tary train­ing for civil­ians through­out Ukraine dur­ing the eight-year war with Russ­ian-backed sep­a­ratists.

    Svarog said he was among the trainees in these pub­lic pro­grams. Behind the scenes, Ukraine’s Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces were form­ing a more struc­tured, and secret, pro­gram that includ­ed instruc­tion on sab­o­tage, explo­sives and stash­ing weapon caches in antic­i­pa­tion of Russia’s attack.

    After the inva­sion, Svarog said, he was direct­ed to a stor­age shed out­side Meli­topol, where he found slabs of high explo­sives, det­o­na­tors, Kalash­nikov rifles, a grenade launch­er and two pis­tols equipped with silencers.
    ...

    And note the spe­cial priv­i­leges these civil­ian assas­sins get: Under a Ukrain­ian law passed in 2021, the mil­i­tary’s Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces are autho­rized to train, arm and pay secret com­bat­ants fight­ing on Ukrain­ian ter­ri­to­ry in time of war. But these secret com­bat­ants are appar­ent­ly still con­sid­ered civil­ians and there­fore can legal­ly attack civil­ian offi­cials. It’s a legal loop­hole for set­ting up a domes­tic Phoenix Pro­gram. Except it’s not actu­al­ly the legal loop­hole Ukraine claims it is. These secret assas­sins should still be con­sid­ered com­bat­ants. But that’s all pre­sum­ably part of the pur­pose in keep their iden­ti­ties a secret because this appears to be a wild­ly ille­gal assas­si­na­tion pro­gram under inter­na­tion­al law:

    ...
    Under a Ukrain­ian law passed by Par­lia­ment last year, the military’s Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces are autho­rized to train, arm and pay secret com­bat­ants fight­ing on Ukrain­ian ter­ri­to­ry in time of war. In the law, they are called “com­mu­ni­ty vol­un­teers.”

    The par­ti­sans say they are civil­ians and the legal basis for their activ­i­ty is there­fore reg­u­lat­ed under the Ukrain­ian law, not the laws of war that pro­hib­it, for exam­ple, a sol­dier from tar­get­ing a civil­ian offi­cial.

    But under inter­na­tion­al law civil­ians become com­bat­ants when they start tak­ing part in hos­til­i­ties. The par­ti­sans work for the gov­ern­ment, even the mil­i­tary, and whether the murky area they inhab­it does in fact fall under inter­na­tion­al law — and whether their activ­i­ties vio­late those rules — is a mat­ter for debate.

    ...

    Each oper­a­tive has a dif­fer­ent a role to play, the offi­cial said: scout­ing a tar­get, gath­er­ing intel­li­gence on a target’s move­ments, and car­ry­ing out an attack. Indi­vid­ual cells are kept sep­a­rate and do not know one anoth­er, lest a detained par­ti­san reveal iden­ti­ties under inter­ro­ga­tion.

    Two enti­ties with­in the mil­i­tary are respon­si­ble for over­see­ing oper­a­tions behind ene­my lines, the offi­cial said: the mil­i­tary intel­li­gence ser­vice, known as HUR, and Ukraine’s Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces. An inter­a­gency task force over­sees oper­a­tions of both the intel­li­gence agency and Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces branch­es of the under­ground, what is known as the Resis­tance Move­ment, or Rukh Oporu in Ukrain­ian.
    ...

    And giv­en that the exiled may­or of Meli­topol, Ivan Fedorov, has been boast­ing of the achieve­ment of the par­ti­sans late­ly, it’s worth recall­ing the episode back in March when Russ­ian sol­diers occu­py­ing the town arrest­ed Fedorov, him­self is a mem­ber of Right Sec­tor, on charges of ter­ror­ism, before releas­ing him unharmed in the face of pub­lic protests. So when we’re now learn­ing about this secret civil­ian assas­si­na­tion pro­gram that Fedorov has been tout­ing late­ly, it does raise all sorts of inter­est­ing ques­tions about those ter­ror­ism alle­ga­tions against him:

    ...
    Meli­topol, the south­ern Ukrain­ian town where Svarog oper­ates, has since emerged as a cen­ter of the resis­tance. He recount­ed the care­ful cas­ing of tar­gets, fol­lowed by attacks.

    By Sat­ur­day, par­ti­sans had struck with explo­sives sev­en days in a row, accord­ing to the town’s exiled may­or, Ivan Fedorov, who boast­ed of the achieve­ment to Ukrain­ian media as part of the more pub­lic embrace of par­ti­san oper­a­tions by offi­cials.
    ...

    Final­ly, note how even teach­ers in the occu­pied areas are tar­gets. And while the par­ti­sans claim they aren’t direct­ly assas­si­nat­ing teach­ers, it’s pret­ty obvi­ous that they are try­ing to get these teach­ers assas­si­nat­ed. Plas­ter­ing their names and faces on util­i­ty poles is basi­cal­ly a death sen­tence in the cur­rent envi­ron­ment. if these tar­get­ed teach­ers do end up dead, it’s not like we can rule out direct action from these assas­si­na­tion squads. For all we know, pub­licly post­ing names and pic­tures of their intend­ed vic­tims might be phase 1 in the assas­si­na­tion cam­paign to give plau­si­ble deni­a­bil­i­ty when the vic­tims show up dead. They’re oper­at­ing in secret, after all:

    ...
    Whether tar­get­ed peo­ple sur­vive or die in the attacks, par­ti­sans say, is less impor­tant than the sig­nal sent with each strike: You are nev­er safe.

    ...

    The par­ti­sans are search­ing for those they con­sid­er trai­tors, too.

    The Ukrain­ian under­ground in occu­pied ter­ri­to­ry con­sid­ers police offi­cers, munic­i­pal and region­al gov­ern­ment employ­ees and teach­ers who agree to work under the Russ­ian edu­ca­tion­al cur­ricu­lum as col­lab­o­ra­tors, accord­ing to Svarog and anoth­er par­ti­san using the nick­name Viking. They said they did not see doc­tors, fire­fight­ers and employ­ees of util­i­ty com­pa­nies as trai­tors.

    Teach­ers are a focus now, with schools sched­uled to open in Sep­tem­ber.

    “The Rus­sians want to teach by their pro­gram, not the truth,” Viking said. “A child is vul­ner­a­ble to pro­pa­gan­da and if raised in this pro­gram, will become an idiot like the Rus­sians,” he said. “A teacher who agrees to teach by the Russ­ian pro­gram is a col­lab­o­ra­tor.”

    Par­ti­sans will not attack teach­ers, he said, but have sought to humil­i­ate them through leaflets they often post on util­i­ty poles with dark warn­ings for col­lab­o­ra­tors, as part of their psy­cho­log­i­cal oper­a­tions.

    One went up recent­ly, he said, with the names and pho­tographs of prin­ci­pals plan­ning to open schools in Sep­tem­ber.

    It said: “For col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Rus­sians, there will be pay­back.”
    ...

    No edu­ca­tion for kids in occu­pied ter­ri­to­ries it seems. How many of these tar­get­ed teacher will end up fac­ing vig­i­lante ‘jus­tice’? Time will tell. But the mes­sage is clear: Ukraini­ans deemed to be trai­tors will be hunt­ed down by this secret gov­ern­ment hit squad. And that mes­sage — in the form of the inter­view with mem­bers of this secret civil­ian assas­si­na­tion pro­gram — was being sent in the lead­ing US news­pa­per with an exten­sive his­to­ry for laun­der­ing CIA nar­ra­tives. It’s pret­ty obvi­ous US intel­li­gence ful­ly approves of this ini­tia­tive. And that’s all part of the cir­cum­stan­tial evi­dence around Valen­tine’s spec­u­la­tion regard­ing the CIA’s involve­ment in Ukraine’s grow­ing assas­si­na­tion ambi­tions. Ambi­tions that start with send­ing a “no one is safe” mes­sage to tar­get­ed pop­u­la­tion, but could end up in a “no on is safe” sit­u­a­tion for every­one after these basic rules of war have been blown to bits.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | August 25, 2022, 3:53 pm
  2. What will the US gov­ern­ment do when Ukraine’s Phoenix Pro­gram gets turned on US cit­i­zens? That’s the ques­tion raised by a dis­turb­ing new piece in Con­sor­tium News by Scott Rit­ter about the Ukrain­ian “black­lists” against any­one who does­n’t toe the line on the nar­ra­tives relat­ed to Ukraine. Black­lists that dou­ble as an implic­it kill list. And black­lists that, at least in one case, were basi­cal­ly financed and tout­ed by the US gov­ern­ment. That’s part of what makes the ques­tions about how the US will respond to Ukrain­ian assas­si­na­tion teams such a dis­turb­ing ques­tion.

    We’ve long know about the Myrotvorets black­list that Ukraine has been oper­at­ing since 2016. Recall how Myrovorets was defend­ed by Anton Gerashchenko after it pub­lished the names and con­tact infor­ma­tion of thou­sands of jour­nal­ists — includ­ing West­ern jour­nal­ists — and labeled them ter­ror­ist accom­plices for their report­ing on Ukraine. And as Rit­ter notes, the recent­ly assas­si­nat­ed Daria Dug­in was indeed on the Myrovorets ene­mies list before her assas­si­na­tion. Her entry was updat­ed with a diag­o­nal “liq­ui­dat­ed” graph­ic across her pho­to. Because it’s a kill list.

    It also turns out that Myrovorets kill list recent­ly got quite a few addi­tion­al entries. And those addi­tion­al entries just hap­pened to be the names of peo­ple who showed up on a dif­fer­ent “black­list” cre­at­ed in July. The list was assem­bled by the Ukrain­ian Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion and unveiled at an event spon­sored by a US-fund­ed NGO that the US State Depart­ment attend­ed. Beyond that, it turns out the Ukrain­ian Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion is fund­ed, in part, by the US. So this was a black­list cre­at­ed by a US-fund­ed Ukrain­ian ‘anti-dis­in­for­ma­tion’ enti­ty that was unveiled at a US-NGO event that the State Depart­ment attend­ed. That’s basi­cal­ly a US-gov­ern­ment-endorsed black­list.

    Adding insult to injury, here’s a tweet thread from Pro­pOrNot — the anony­mous ‘anti-dis­in­for­ma­tion’ out­fit that has a his­to­ry of pub­lish­ing its own lists of ‘trai­tors’ — cel­e­brat­ing the Ukrain­ian Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion’s list:

    THREAD: The Ukrain­ian Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion just released a list of Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­dists, & it’s real­ly good!We’ve been fight­ing these thugs for years. Let’s take a look at some of our his­to­ry with them: /1https://t.co/BTJiGhQbJA— Pro­pOrNot ID Ser­vice ???? (@propornot) July 26, 2022

    But that list did­n’t last long. It was pulled from the Ukrain­ian Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion web­site fol­low­ing push­back from a num­ber of the Amer­i­cans who showed up on the list. But the list did­n’t go away. It basi­cal­ly reap­peared on Myrotvorets.

    Did the US finance the cre­ation of a “black­list” that end­ed up on a Ukrain­ian kill list web­site? It sure looks like it. And don’t for­get Dou­glas Valen­tine’s warn­ings in rela­tion to the assas­si­na­tion of Daria Dug­in: there’s a high prob­a­bil­i­ty that the CIA is assist­ing Ukraine in these kinds of oper­a­tions. And that’s why we should prob­a­bly start ask­ing how the US can be expect­ed to respond should those CIA-trained Ukrain­ian assas­si­na­tion teams start direct­ing their ter­ror towards US cit­i­zens. Or domes­tic lone wolf lunatics who just decide on their own that these gov­ern­ment-backed kill lists are rea­son enough to take ‘jus­tice’ into their own hands:

    Con­sor­tium News

    SCOTT RITTER: The Death List

    The odi­ous lega­cy of Stepan Ban­dera dri­ves the sup­pres­sion of those who dare chal­lenge the nar­ra­tive of the Russ­ian-Ukrain­ian con­flict pro­mul­gat­ed by the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment, its West­ern allies and a com­pli­ant main­stream media.

    By Scott Rit­ter
    Spe­cial to Con­sor­tium News
    August 31, 2022

    In May 1986 I received orders to attend a coun­tert­er­ror­ism aware­ness course at the John F. Kennedy Spe­cial War­fare School, in Fort Bragg, North Car­oli­na. For the next two weeks I learned about the var­i­ous ter­ror­ist threats fac­ing the Unit­ed States mil­i­tary, and was taught var­i­ous skills to over­come them, such as high-speed eva­sive dri­ving, counter-sur­veil­lance method­ol­o­gy and reac­tive shoot­ing tech­niques.

    Upon my return to Twen­ty-Nine Palms, where I was sta­tioned as a Marine Corps intel­li­gence offi­cer, I was giv­en the task of putting my new­ly learned skills to work by car­ry­ing out a base-wide coun­tert­er­ror­ism exer­cise. I bor­rowed a scout-sniper team from the infantry bat­tal­ion on base, and set them up in an apart­ment off base, where I turned them into a ter­ror­ist cell tasked with col­lect­ing intel­li­gence on the senior offi­cers who lived and worked on the base. The only rule was that the ter­ror­ists could not engage with civil­ians — no fam­i­lies were to be impact­ed by the drill.

    Over the course of the next 30 days, my ter­ror­ist team was able to “assas­si­nate” every bat­tal­ion com­man­der, the reg­i­men­tal com­man­der and the base com­man­der, using impro­vised explo­sive devices and sniper fire — and had the pho­tographs to prove it.

    The take­away from this exer­cise was that if some­one want­ed you dead, you were prob­a­bly going to die.

    Vig­i­lance was your only real defense — to be alert for any­thing sus­pi­cious. In short, to live a life gov­erned by para­noia. In the age of ter­ror­ism, if you feel like some­one is seek­ing to do you harm, it is prob­a­bly because some­one is seek­ing to do you harm.

    Using Those Skills

    Through­out my pro­fes­sion­al life, I have had occa­sion to use the skills I learned at Fort Bragg on sev­er­al occa­sions — I was tar­get­ed for assas­si­na­tion while work­ing as a U.N. weapons inspec­tor in Iraq and I was informed that I was the sub­ject of a “hit” put out by the Russ­ian mafia for my role in break­ing up an illic­it mis­sile com­po­nent smug­gling ring.

    I would con­duct a 360-degree inspec­tion of my vehi­cle before enter­ing it, look­ing for signs of tam­per­ing. And I would con­duct counter-sur­veil­lance drills while dri­ving, accel­er­at­ing at odd inter­vals to see if any­one kept pace, or rapid­ly exit­ing a high­way to see if any­one fol­lowed.

    Today, I’m a 61-year-old writer liv­ing in the sub­urbs of Albany, New York. It’s a qui­et neigh­bor­hood, where every­one knows every­one. And yet, due to recent cir­cum­stances, I once again find myself inspect­ing my vehi­cle before get­ting inside, keep­ing a watch­ful eye out for strange vehi­cles dri­ving down my street and con­duct­ing counter-sur­veil­lance maneu­vers while dri­ving.

    Why the para­noia? Sim­ply put, my name has been added to a Ukrain­ian “kill list.” Think I’m get­ting too wound up? Ask the fam­i­ly of Daria Dug­i­na, the 29-year-old daugh­ter of the Russ­ian philoso­pher Alexan­der Dug­in. Both she and her father were on the same list. Both were tar­get­ed for death by an assas­sin dis­patched by the Ukrain­ian secu­ri­ty ser­vices. Only a last-sec­ond change of plans, which put Alexan­der Dug­in behind the wheel of a dif­fer­ent car, kept him from being killed in the blast that took the life of his daugh­ter.

    I’ve been writ­ing for some time now about the Ukrain­ian Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion and their pub­li­ca­tion in mid-July of a “black­list” con­tain­ing the names of 72 intel­lec­tu­als, jour­nal­ists, activists and politi­cians from sev­er­al coun­tries who were labeled “Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­dists” by the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment for hav­ing the audac­i­ty to speak crit­i­cal­ly, yet fac­tu­al­ly, about the ongo­ing Russ­ian-Ukrain­ian con­flict.

    I took umbrage over this list for sev­er­al rea­sons, first and fore­most that the salaries of the Ukraini­ans who com­piled this list appeared to be paid by the U.S. tax­pay­er using funds appro­pri­at­ed by Con­gress for that very pur­pose. The idea of Con­gress pass­ing a law which empow­ered the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment to do some­thing — sup­press the First Amend­ment guar­an­tees of free speech and a free press — that Con­gress was Con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly pro­hib­it­ed from doing angered me.

    So, too, did the fact that the Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion announced the exis­tence of this “black­list” at a func­tion orga­nized by a U.S.-funded NGO and attend­ed by State Depart­ment offi­cials who sat mute while their Ukrain­ian col­leagues labeled the per­sons on this list “infor­ma­tion ter­ror­ists” who deserved to be arrest­ed and pros­e­cut­ed as “war crim­i­nals.”

    At the time, I cau­tioned that the use of such inflam­ma­to­ry lan­guage meant that the “black­list” could be turned into a “kill list” sim­ply by hav­ing a fanat­ic decide to take jus­tice into his or her own hands. Giv­en that the U.S. gov­ern­ment fund­ed the cre­ation of this list, orga­nized the meet­ing where it was pre­sent­ed to the world and gave an implic­it stamp of approval to the list and its accom­pa­ny­ing label­ing through the atten­dance of U.S. gov­ern­ment offi­cials, these fanat­ics don’t have to be for­eign sourced. Plen­ty of peo­ple in the U.S. adhere to the same hate-filled ide­ol­o­gy that exists in Ukraine today and which gave birth to the “black­list.”

    Some of them are my neigh­bors.

    In June I drove down to Bethel, New York (the site of the orig­i­nal Wood­stock music fes­ti­val), to par­tic­i­pate in a Spar­tan Obsta­cle Course Race. To get there, I had to dri­ve past Ellenville, a sleepy lit­tle town that is home to a camp belong­ing to the Ukrain­ian Amer­i­can Youth Asso­ci­a­tion which, every sum­mer, coor­di­nates with the Orga­ni­za­tion for the Defense of Four Free­doms of Ukraine to hold a “Heroes’ Hol­i­day” hon­or­ing vet­er­an of the Ukrain­ian People’s Army and the Orga­ni­za­tion of Ukrain­ian Nation­al­ists.

    I just real­ized the prin­ci­pal CYM‑A camp is in Ellenville, NY, the same Ulster coun­ty I live in. CYM‑A [aka SUMA]‘s Ellenville camp (“Oselia”) pic­tured below: the year it opened (1955), on the 25th anniver­sary of the UPA lead­er’s death (1975), and its “Heroes Mon­u­ment” today. pic.twitter.com/1AHa9sDKL1— Ban­dera Lob­by Blog (@mossrobeson__) May 17, 2019

    The camp boasts a “Heroes’ Mon­u­ment”, con­sists of a 42-foot-tall struc­ture with a Ukrain­ian tri­dent at the top flanked by the busts of Yevhen Kono­valets, Symon Petliu­ra, Roman Shukhevych and Stepan Ban­dera —four lead­ing fig­ures in the his­to­ry of Ukrain­ian nation­al­ism, all of whom were involved in the mur­ders, col­lec­tive­ly, of hun­dreds of thou­sands of Jews, Poles and Rus­sians..

    Ban­dera has been ele­vat­ed to the sta­tus of a nation­al hero in Ukraine, and his birth­day is con­sid­ered a nation­al hol­i­day.

    That a mon­u­ment to men respon­si­ble for geno­ci­dal mass mur­der and who, in the case of two of them (Shukhevych and Ban­dera) open­ly col­lab­o­rat­ed with Nazi Ger­many, could be erect­ed in the Unit­ed States is dis­turb­ing.

    That every year Ukrain­ian-Amer­i­can adher­ents of the odi­ous ide­ol­o­gy of Stepan Ban­dera gath­er to cel­e­brate his lega­cy at a “children’s camp” where the youth are arrayed in brown uni­forms that make them look like what they, in fact, are — ide­o­log­i­cal storm troop­ers for a hate­ful neo-Nazi ide­ol­o­gy that pro­motes the racial supe­ri­or­i­ty of the Ukrain­ian peo­ple, is an nation­al abom­i­na­tion.

    I just real­ized the prin­ci­pal CYM‑A camp is in Ellenville, NY, the same Ulster coun­ty I live in. CYM‑A [aka SUMA]‘s Ellenville camp (“Oselia”) pic­tured below: the year it opened (1955), on the 25th anniver­sary of the UPA lead­er’s death (1975), and its “Heroes Mon­u­ment” today. pic.twitter.com/1AHa9sDKL1— Ban­dera Lob­by Blog (@mossrobeson__) May 17, 2019

    From Ellenville to Bethel, I saw evi­dence of this hate­ful real­i­ty in every blue-and-yel­low Ukrain­ian flag flut­ter­ing in the wind — and every red-and-black ban­ner of the Ban­dera-wor­ship­ping Ukrain­ian neo-Nazi fanat­ics that flut­tered next to them.

    Stepan Ban­dera Lega­cy

    The lega­cy of Stepan Ban­dera is at the very heart of what pass­es for Ukrain­ian nation­al­ism today. It dom­i­nates the polit­i­cal are­na inside Ukraine, where all com­pet­ing polit­i­cal ide­ol­o­gy and affil­i­a­tions have been out­lawed by Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Zelen­sky.

    It is behind the sup­pres­sion of all dis­sent­ing voic­es — for­eign and domes­tic — that dare chal­lenge the nar­ra­tive about the Russ­ian-Ukrain­ian con­flict being pro­mul­gat­ed by the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment, its West­ern allies, and a com­pli­ant main­stream media.

    After Con­sor­tium News pub­lished my let­ter to my New York con­gres­sion­al del­e­ga­tion (Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gilli­brand and Rep. Paul Tonko), in which I called them out for vot­ing for Pub­lic Law 117–128 appro­pri­at­ing $40 bil­lion in U.S. tax­pay­er mon­ey to under­write the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment and mil­i­tary, there was con­cert­ed action by oth­ers impact­ed by the Ukrain­ian “black­list,” which the leg­is­la­tion had fund­ed. This was led by Diane Sare, the LaRouche Par­ty can­di­date chal­leng­ing Schumer for his Sen­ate seat.

    The pub­lic­i­ty about con­gres­sion­al­ly-fund­ed sup­pres­sion of free speech appeared to be too much for those who are com­plic­it in a frontal assault on the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion. The Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Disinformation’s “black­list” was removed from the inter­net.

    Vic­to­ry, how­ev­er, was short lived. With­in days of the Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Disinformation’s “black­list” being tak­en down, a list pub­lished by the Ukrain­ian “Myrotvorets” (Peacemaker’s) Cen­ter incor­po­rat­ed names that had been on the Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion “black­list.”.

    The Myrotvorets list has been in exis­tence since 2014 and has been described as “effec­tive­ly a death list for politi­cians, jour­nal­ists, entre­pre­neurs and oth­er pub­lic fig­ures who have been ‘cleared for fir­ing’” by the list’s cre­ators.

    Daria Dugina’s name was on that list.

    And now so is mine, along with sev­er­al oth­er West­ern­ers, such as Cana­di­an jour­nal­ist Eva Bartlett and British rock musi­cian Roger Waters.

    [See image of Scott Rit­ter’s name on Myrotvorets death list]

    The Biden admin­is­tra­tion is silent about this abom­i­na­tion.

    So is Con­gress.

    Accord­ing to 6 USCS § 101, the term ter­ror­ism is

    “any activ­i­ty that involves an act that is dan­ger­ous to human life or poten­tial­ly destruc­tive of crit­i­cal infra­struc­ture or key resources; and is a vio­la­tion of the crim­i­nal laws of the Unit­ed States or of any State or oth­er sub­di­vi­sion of the Unit­ed States; and appears to be intend­ed to intim­i­date or coerce a civil­ian pop­u­la­tion, to influ­ence the pol­i­cy of a gov­ern­ment by intim­i­da­tion or coer­cion, or to affect the con­duct of a gov­ern­ment by mass destruc­tion, assas­si­na­tion, or kid­nap­ping.”

    There is lit­tle doubt that the mur­der of Daria Dug­i­na was an act of ter­ror­ism per­pe­trat­ed on behalf of the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment. (Her pho­to on the list now has the word “liq­ui­dat­ed” writ­ten diag­o­nal­ly across it in red.)

    While the Ukraini­ans deny any such alle­ga­tions, Russ­ian author­i­ties have assem­bled a con­vinc­ing fac­tu­al case to the con­trary.

    The exis­tence of the Myrotvorets “death list” is an instru­ment of ter­ror and should be tak­en down at the insis­tence of the U.S. Gov­ern­ment.

    The fail­ure of the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment to shut down the Myrotvorets Cen­ter and con­demn its activ­i­ties would con­sti­tute mate­r­i­al sup­port of ter­ror­ism.

    The U.S. should also rec­og­nize any orga­ni­za­tions which embrace the ide­ol­o­gy of Stepan Ban­dera as ter­ror­ist enti­ties — includ­ing those respon­si­ble for rais­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of brown-shirt­ed neo-Nazis in the heart­land of Amer­i­ca.

    ...

    ———–

    “SCOTT RITTER: The Death List” by Scott Rit­ter; Con­sor­tium News; 08/31/2022

    Why the para­noia? Sim­ply put, my name has been added to a Ukrain­ian “kill list.” Think I’m get­ting too wound up? Ask the fam­i­ly of Daria Dug­i­na, the 29-year-old daugh­ter of the Russ­ian philoso­pher Alexan­der Dug­in. Both she and her father were on the same list. Both were tar­get­ed for death by an assas­sin dis­patched by the Ukrain­ian secu­ri­ty ser­vices. Only a last-sec­ond change of plans, which put Alexan­der Dug­in behind the wheel of a dif­fer­ent car, kept him from being killed in the blast that took the life of his daugh­ter.”

    Just because you’re para­noid does­n’t mean they aren’t out to get you. Espe­cial­ly when your name shows up on an appar­ent gov­ern­ment-backed ene­mies list. And most espe­cial­ly when that gov­ern­ment-backed ene­mies list was financed by your own gov­ern­ment. Scott Rit­ter has cause for con­cern. It start­ed with the pub­li­ca­tion of a “black­list” back in July by the Ukrain­ian Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion. A black­list that was unveiled at a func­tion orga­nized by a US-fund­ed NGO and attend­ed by the State Depart­ment. This was a US-gov­ern­ment-endorsed Ukrain­ian black­list. A black­list filled with the names of US cit­i­zens like Scott Rit­ter:

    ...
    I’ve been writ­ing for some time now about the Ukrain­ian Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion and their pub­li­ca­tion in mid-July of a “black­list” con­tain­ing the names of 72 intel­lec­tu­als, jour­nal­ists, activists and politi­cians from sev­er­al coun­tries who were labeled “Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­dists” by the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment for hav­ing the audac­i­ty to speak crit­i­cal­ly, yet fac­tu­al­ly, about the ongo­ing Russ­ian-Ukrain­ian con­flict.

    I took umbrage over this list for sev­er­al rea­sons, first and fore­most that the salaries of the Ukraini­ans who com­piled this list appeared to be paid by the U.S. tax­pay­er using funds appro­pri­at­ed by Con­gress for that very pur­pose. The idea of Con­gress pass­ing a law which empow­ered the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment to do some­thing — sup­press the First Amend­ment guar­an­tees of free speech and a free press — that Con­gress was Con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly pro­hib­it­ed from doing angered me.

    So, too, did the fact that the Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion announced the exis­tence of this “black­list” at a func­tion orga­nized by a U.S.-funded NGO and attend­ed by State Depart­ment offi­cials who sat mute while their Ukrain­ian col­leagues labeled the per­sons on this list “infor­ma­tion ter­ror­ists” who deserved to be arrest­ed and pros­e­cut­ed as “war crim­i­nals.”

    At the time, I cau­tioned that the use of such inflam­ma­to­ry lan­guage meant that the “black­list” could be turned into a “kill list” sim­ply by hav­ing a fanat­ic decide to take jus­tice into his or her own hands. Giv­en that the U.S. gov­ern­ment fund­ed the cre­ation of this list, orga­nized the meet­ing where it was pre­sent­ed to the world and gave an implic­it stamp of approval to the list and its accom­pa­ny­ing label­ing through the atten­dance of U.S. gov­ern­ment offi­cials, these fanat­ics don’t have to be for­eign sourced. Plen­ty of peo­ple in the U.S. adhere to the same hate-filled ide­ol­o­gy that exists in Ukraine today and which gave birth to the “black­list.”
    ...

    Fol­low­ing some push­back, the black­list was removed from the internet...only to be tak­en up by the noto­ri­ous Myrotvorets web­site that’s been com­pil­ing lists of ‘trai­tors’ since 2016. It’s the kind of move that sug­gests the US gov­ern­ment was­n’t par­tic­u­lar­ly com­fort­able with financ­ing a group that cre­ates black­lists of US cit­i­zens, but was per­fect­ly fine if that group hands the list off to a dif­fer­ent group that’s hard to trace back to US fund­ing. And then we find that Daria Dug­in’s entry on that Myrovorets ene­mies list was updat­ed with a “Liq­ui­dat­ed” mes­sage fol­low­ing her assas­si­na­tion. That’s kind of the heart of Rit­ter’s com­plaint: it’s not hard for any­one to arrive at the con­clu­sion that the Myrotvorets black­list is endorsed by the US gov­ern­ment, includ­ing Ban­derites liv­ing in the US:

    ...
    After Con­sor­tium News pub­lished my let­ter to my New York con­gres­sion­al del­e­ga­tion (Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gilli­brand and Rep. Paul Tonko), in which I called them out for vot­ing for Pub­lic Law 117–128 appro­pri­at­ing $40 bil­lion in U.S. tax­pay­er mon­ey to under­write the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment and mil­i­tary, there was con­cert­ed action by oth­ers impact­ed by the Ukrain­ian “black­list,” which the leg­is­la­tion had fund­ed. This was led by Diane Sare, the LaRouche Par­ty can­di­date chal­leng­ing Schumer for his Sen­ate seat.

    The pub­lic­i­ty about con­gres­sion­al­ly-fund­ed sup­pres­sion of free speech appeared to be too much for those who are com­plic­it in a frontal assault on the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion. The Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Disinformation’s “black­list” was removed from the inter­net.

    Vic­to­ry, how­ev­er, was short lived. With­in days of the Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Disinformation’s “black­list” being tak­en down, a list pub­lished by the Ukrain­ian “Myrotvorets” (Peacemaker’s) Cen­ter incor­po­rat­ed names that had been on the Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion “black­list.”.

    ...

    Daria Dugina’s name was on that list.

    And now so is mine, along with sev­er­al oth­er West­ern­ers, such as Cana­di­an jour­nal­ist Eva Bartlett and British rock musi­cian Roger Waters.

    [See image of Scott Rit­ter’s name on Myrotvorets death list]

    ...

    There is lit­tle doubt that the mur­der of Daria Dug­i­na was an act of ter­ror­ism per­pe­trat­ed on behalf of the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment. (Her pho­to on the list now has the word “liq­ui­dat­ed” writ­ten diag­o­nal­ly across it in red.)
    ...

    A “liq­ui­dat­ed” stamp. It’s not exact­ly sub­tle. And while the West had lit­tle trou­ble cel­e­brat­ing the assas­si­na­tion of Dug­i­na on Russ­ian soil, the fact that Ukraine’s assas­si­na­tion squads are oper­at­ing on non-Ukrain­ian soil should serve as a warn­ing. Ukraine’s Phoenix Pro­gram has inter­na­tion­al reach. And inter­na­tion­al back­ing. At least for now.

    And while it’s hard to imag­ine Ukraine would risk inflam­ing its key spon­sor by car­ry­ing out assas­si­na­tion of promi­nent US cit­i­zens on US soil today, let’s keep in mind that the US has been tee­ter­ing on the verge of open fas­cism for quite a few years now. Just how handy might a Ukrain­ian Phoenix Pro­gram be for a sec­ond Trump admin­is­tra­tion? Or can­di­date look­ing for a big­ger and more explo­sive Jan 6 show­down. It’s not hard to come up with all sorts of domes­tic bad actors who would love to have a CIA-trained elite assas­si­na­tion squad ready to do a few favors. And that’s all why the grim answer to the ques­tion of how the US might respond to a Ukrain­ian Phoenix Pro­gram ‘liq­ui­dat­ing’ US cit­i­zens is prob­a­bly: it depends. That kind of blow­back is just more momen­tum for insur­rec­tionary fas­cists, after all.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | September 1, 2022, 3:45 pm
  3. What’s the US gov­ern­men­t’s response going to be when US cit­i­zens on the Myrotvorets ‘hit list’ start expe­ri­enc­ing untime­ly deaths? That’s one of the dis­turb­ing ques­tions raised by the fol­low­ing Covert Actions Mag­a­zine report about the grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple around the world find­ing them­selves on a Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment-backed bare­ly-veiled kill list. Because as the piece points out, not only did the Myrovorets kill list orig­i­nate from the US-financed Ukrain­ian Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion (CCD), but the home­page of Myrovorets actu­al­ly lists Lan­g­ley, Vir­ginia, as its loca­tion. Lan­g­ley, famous for being the home of the CIA, is list­ed right there on the upper right hand cor­ner of the home­page. And that’s why we have to ask: so what’s the US gov­ern­ment going to say when US cit­i­zens on a black­list orig­i­nal­ly financed by the US end up dead for noth­ing more than point­ing out incon­ve­nient facts? It’s hard to come up with a worse 1st Amend­ment free speech cri­sis, but here we are:

    Covert Action Mag­a­zine

    Ukrain­ian “Hit List” Pub­lish­es Names and Address­es of Alleged “Russ­ian Pro­pa­gan­dists:” Turns Out To Be Based Not in Ukraine But in Lan­g­ley VA Where CIA Head­quar­ters Is Locat­ed

    By Jere­my Kuz­marov -
    Sep­tem­ber 19, 2022

    Just a coin­ci­dence, right?

    Under Pub­lic Law 117–128, the U.S. Con­gress is fund­ing an orga­ni­za­tion called Ukrain­ian Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion (CCD), whose pro­fessed pur­pose, accord­ing to its web­site, is to “counter Russ­ian dis­in­for­ma­tion.” But its real pur­pose may be to cre­ate the equiv­a­lent of a “fat­wah list” of alleged trai­tors whom patri­ot­ic Amer­i­cans and/or Ukraini­ans will feel they have a green light to assas­si­nate.

    The fat­wa list includes such “trai­tors” as writ­ers Chris Hedges and Glenn Green­wald, polit­i­cal sci­en­tist John Mearsheimer, Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters, Sen­a­tor Rand Paul (R‑KY), for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Tul­si Gab­bard, con­ser­v­a­tive mil­i­tary ana­lyst Edward Luttwak who was placed on the list for sug­gest­ing that ref­er­en­dums should be held in the Donet­sk and Luhan­sk regions con­cern­ing their rela­tions to Ukraine, and Hen­ry Kissinger, who is wor­ried about the prospects of a war between the U.S. and Rus­sia.

    The pro­files of many peo­ple tar­get­ed under the “hit list” has been post­ed on a web­site, Myrotvorets (mean­ing “peace­mak­er” in Ukrain­ian), whose domain name is list­ed as being in Lan­g­ley, Vir­ginia, head­quar­ters of the CIA.

    Estab­lished in 2014 fol­low­ing the Maid­an coup with assis­tance from a U.S. army intel­li­gence offi­cer, Joel Hard­ing, Myrotvorets aims to out Russ­ian intel­li­gence ser­vice (FSB) agents and Wag­n­er mer­ce­nar­ies along­side pro-Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­dists and fea­tures grue­some pho­tos of dead Rus­sians. Its wel­come mes­sage adver­tis­es itself as a “CIA project.”

    Sad­ly, many on the Myrotvorets ene­mies list have already been assas­si­nat­ed. When this occurs, the Ukrain­ian word ???????????? (“LIQUIDATED”) is stamped across their pic­ture in big red letters—as hap­pened when Ital­ian jour­nal­ist Andrea Roc­chel­li was mur­dered.

    In an indi­ca­tion of its foul char­ac­ter, Myrotvorets has list­ed the names of more than 300 chil­dren, among them 13-year-old Faina Savenko­va who has writ­ten on social media about the ter­ror met­ed out by the Ukrain­ian Army in east­ern Ukraine.

    Craven Acts of Ter­ror­ism

    The expan­sion of the Ukrain­ian government’s assas­si­na­tion cam­paign—mod­eled after the CIA-run Phoenix oper­a­tion in Viet­nam—was exem­pli­fied with the killing of killing of Sergey Gorenko, the Luhan­sk People’s Repub­lic (LPR) Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­er­al, and his deputy, Yeka­te­ri­na Ste­glenko, after a Kyiv bomb rocked the head­quar­ters of the Pros­e­cu­tor General’s office in Luhan­sk on Sep­tem­ber 16.
    [Source: tvpworld.com]

    The New York Times ear­li­er report­ed on Ukrain­ian com­man­do teams who admit­ted to plant­i­ng car bombs tar­get­ing pro-Russ­ian police offi­cers and politi­cians behind Russ­ian lines.

    Also on Sep­tem­ber 16, at least five U.S.-made HIMARS mis­siles hit the civ­il admin­is­tra­tion build­ing in Kher­son city in an assas­si­na­tion attempt on Kir­ill Stremousov, the deputy chair of the mil­i­tary-civil­ian admin­is­tra­tion. Eka­te­ri­na Gubare­va, a gov­ern­ment employ­ee who was wound­ed, (a dri­ver was killed), called the strike a “craven act of ter­ror­ism.”[1]

    Scott Rit­ter Speaks Out

    Scott Rit­ter, the for­mer Marine Intel­li­gence Offi­cer who exposed the fraud sur­round­ing the Weapons of Mass Destruc­tion (WMD) in Iraq, is among those on the CCD’s list of trai­tors who has been list­ed as an “ene­my of Ukraine” on the Myrotvorets web­site.

    ...

    Pub­lic Law 177–128 abridges free­dom of speech and a free press by sup­port­ing the Gov­ern­ment of Ukraine’s pub­li­ca­tion of the “black­list,” which sin­gles out U.S. cit­i­zens as “Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­dists” for exer­cis­ing their con­sti­tu­tion­al rights per­tain­ing to free speech and a free press.

    ...

    Par­tic­u­lar­ly dan­ger­ous, Rit­ter said, is the use of the label “infor­ma­tion ter­ror­ist” by the CCD, which “basi­cal­ly gives a green light for crit­ics of gov­ern­ment pol­i­cy to be adju­di­cat­ed as ter­ror­ists,” and could “mean sanc­tion­ing the mur­der of Amer­i­cans abroad or at home.”

    Accord­ing to Rit­ter, the threat of Ukrain­ian state ter­ror­ism extend­ing into the U.S. is very real.

    There are many Ukraini­ans liv­ing near him in upstate New York, he said, who wor­ship Stepan Ban­dera, a Ukrain­ian nation­al­ist and Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tor in World War II.

    Accord­ing to his­to­ri­an Nor­man J.W. Goda, Bandera’s lieu­tenants launched a pogrom that killed 4,000 Lvov Jews in a few days, using weapons rang­ing from guns to met­al poles.

    What kind of mes­sage does it send, Rit­ter asked, for the U.S. gov­ern­ment to be sup­port­ing these groups and to label crit­ics of its poli­cies as “infor­ma­tion ter­ror­ists”?

    “If you think the web­site is a joke, ask Alexan­der Dug­in who had to attend the funer­al of his daugh­ter [Darya Dug­i­na who was killed in a car bomb by ter­ror­ists in Moscow on August 23].”

    Rit­ter con­sid­ers him­self an Amer­i­can patri­ot who served his coun­try for years in the mil­i­tary and as a weapons inspec­tor in Iraq.

    He recalled being called “Saddam’s shill” and all kinds of oth­er names for report­ing the truth about the myth­ic WMD, and said that if peo­ple had absorbed what he said, the war in Iraq could have been avoid­ed and mil­lions of lives saved.

    With regard to Ukraine, Rit­ter said he is again being denounced, this time for mak­ing fac­tu­al state­ments, such as that a) NATO has bases on Ukrain­ian soil; b) the war is a proxy con­flict between the U.S. and Rus­sia; and c) sanc­tions have harmed the U.S. and EU coun­tries more than Rus­sia.

    Rit­ter said that he is fur­ther being attacked because he under­took a care­ful foren­sic analy­sis of the atroc­i­ty in Bucha in March/April, which con­clud­ed that it “seemed to have been car­ried out by forces sub­or­di­nate to the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment.”[2]

    Rit­ter says that he invites debate and dis­agree­ment about his assessments—including from peo­ple work­ing at the CCD.

    “If peo­ple dis­agree with my facts and con­clu­sions, then debate me—but don’t seek to silence me through intim­i­da­tion or label me an infor­ma­tion ter­ror­ist which could poten­tial­ly mark me for death.”

    ...

    1. Leaked audio records show Ilya Bon­darchuk, a Ukrain­ian intel­li­gence offi­cial who coor­di­nat­ed the assas­si­na­tion pro­gram in Crimea and Kher­son, try­ing to pay an assas­sin who was told to car­ry out the dirty deed “before everyone’s eyes, so that they see it.”

    2. Rit­ter has also recent­ly helped expose, through care­ful inves­ti­ga­tion, that Ukraine and not Rus­sia was respon­si­ble for the attacks around the Zaporozhye nuclear pow­er plant—Europe’s largest nuclear pow­er plant—using the cov­er of an inter­na­tion­al inspec­tion mis­sion in vio­la­tion of inter­na­tion­al law.

    ———–

    “Ukrain­ian “Hit List” Pub­lish­es Names and Address­es of Alleged “Russ­ian Pro­pa­gan­dists:” Turns Out To Be Based Not in Ukraine But in Lan­g­ley VA Where CIA Head­quar­ters Is Locat­ed”
    By Jere­my Kuz­marov; Covert Action Mag­a­zine; 09/19/2022

    “The pro­files of many peo­ple tar­get­ed under the “hit list” has been post­ed on a web­site, Myrotvorets (mean­ing “peace­mak­er” in Ukrain­ian), whose domain name is list­ed as being in Lan­g­ley, Vir­ginia, head­quar­ters of the CIA.”

    It’s not exact­ly sub­tle. The Myrotvorets web­site lit­er­al­ly states it’s locat­ed in Lan­g­ley, Vir­ginia on its home page. Right in the upper-right cor­ner of the home page. And it’s not like this is an attempt by Myrotvorets to claim an asso­ci­a­tion with the US gov­ern­ment that does­n’t exist. The site was set up in 2014 with assis­tance from a US intel­li­gence offi­cer. And the lists of tar­gets found on the site was gen­er­at­ed by the Ukrain­ian Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion (CCD), which is financed by the US gov­ern­ment. Recall how the list was ini­tial­ly host­ed on the CCD’s web­site but was pulled due to out­cry over the US-financ­ing of black­list. Then the list popped up on Myrotvorets. That’s a big part of what makes the con­tent of this site so dis­turb­ing. It’s basi­cal­ly cel­e­brat­ing the deaths of tar­get­ed indi­vid­u­als with the US gov­ern­men­t’s endorse­ment:

    ...
    Under Pub­lic Law 117–128, the U.S. Con­gress is fund­ing an orga­ni­za­tion called Ukrain­ian Cen­ter for Coun­ter­ing Dis­in­for­ma­tion (CCD), whose pro­fessed pur­pose, accord­ing to its web­site, is to “counter Russ­ian dis­in­for­ma­tion.” But its real pur­pose may be to cre­ate the equiv­a­lent of a “fat­wah list” of alleged trai­tors whom patri­ot­ic Amer­i­cans and/or Ukraini­ans will feel they have a green light to assas­si­nate.

    ...

    Estab­lished in 2014 fol­low­ing the Maid­an coup with assis­tance from a U.S. army intel­li­gence offi­cer, Joel Hard­ing, Myrotvorets aims to out Russ­ian intel­li­gence ser­vice (FSB) agents and Wag­n­er mer­ce­nar­ies along­side pro-Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­dists and fea­tures grue­some pho­tos of dead Rus­sians. Its wel­come mes­sage adver­tis­es itself as a “CIA project.”

    Sad­ly, many on the Myrotvorets ene­mies list have already been assas­si­nat­ed. When this occurs, the Ukrain­ian word ???????????? (“LIQUIDATED”) is stamped across their pic­ture in big red letters—as hap­pened when Ital­ian jour­nal­ist Andrea Roc­chel­li was mur­dered.

    In an indi­ca­tion of its foul char­ac­ter, Myrotvorets has list­ed the names of more than 300 chil­dren, among them 13-year-old Faina Savenko­va who has writ­ten on social media about the ter­ror met­ed out by the Ukrain­ian Army in east­ern Ukraine.

    ...

    Pub­lic Law 177–128 abridges free­dom of speech and a free press by sup­port­ing the Gov­ern­ment of Ukraine’s pub­li­ca­tion of the “black­list,” which sin­gles out U.S. cit­i­zens as “Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­dists” for exer­cis­ing their con­sti­tu­tion­al rights per­tain­ing to free speech and a free press.
    ...

    And as Rit­ter reminds us, Ukrain­ian nation­al­ist train­ing camps for chil­dren are scat­tered across the US, includ­ing upstate New York. Recall that July 2019 arti­cle in the Kyiv Post describ­ing camp “Spilka Ukrayin­skoyi Molo­di” in upstate New York where chil­dren are indoc­tri­nat­ed with Ban­derite ide­olo­gies and engage in mil­i­tary-style games. That’s pre­sum­ably the camp Rit­ter is pre­sum­ably refer­ring to:

    ...
    Par­tic­u­lar­ly dan­ger­ous, Rit­ter said, is the use of the label “infor­ma­tion ter­ror­ist” by the CCD, which “basi­cal­ly gives a green light for crit­ics of gov­ern­ment pol­i­cy to be adju­di­cat­ed as ter­ror­ists,” and could “mean sanc­tion­ing the mur­der of Amer­i­cans abroad or at home.”

    Accord­ing to Rit­ter, the threat of Ukrain­ian state ter­ror­ism extend­ing into the U.S. is very real.

    There are many Ukraini­ans liv­ing near him in upstate New York, he said, who wor­ship Stepan Ban­dera, a Ukrain­ian nation­al­ist and Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tor in World War II.
    ...

    Final­ly, regard­ing Riiter’s obser­va­tion that he’s being attacked in part for his analy­sis that refut­ed the claims of Russ­ian atroc­i­ties in Bucha while point­ing out that the evi­dence appears to indi­cate that many of those civil­ian deaths could be attrib­uted to forces sub­or­di­nate to the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment, recall the video evi­dence of Azov forced oper­at­ing under the com­mand of Sergey “Boats­man” Korotkikh engag­ing in war crimes in Bucha dur­ing this time. Also recall how the Ukrain­ian author­i­ties actu­al­ly admit­ted to cre­at­ing the mass graves blamed on the Russ­ian solid­ers in Bucha, but those reports just end­ed up falling down the mem­o­ry hole. In oth­er words, Rit­ter has­n’t just been mak­ing accu­sa­tions that the Ukrain­ian finds uncom­fort­able. He’s mak­ing accu­sa­tions with pub­licly avail­able evi­dence behind them. That’s part of the con­text of this hit list. It’s silenc­ing peo­ple who are say­ing things that can be eas­i­ly proven:

    ...
    With regard to Ukraine, Rit­ter said he is again being denounced, this time for mak­ing fac­tu­al state­ments, such as that a) NATO has bases on Ukrain­ian soil; b) the war is a proxy con­flict between the U.S. and Rus­sia; and c) sanc­tions have harmed the U.S. and EU coun­tries more than Rus­sia.

    Rit­ter said that he is fur­ther being attacked because he under­took a care­ful foren­sic analy­sis of the atroc­i­ty in Bucha in March/April, which con­clud­ed that it “seemed to have been car­ried out by forces sub­or­di­nate to the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment.”[2]

    Rit­ter says that he invites debate and dis­agree­ment about his assessments—including from peo­ple work­ing at the CCD.

    “If peo­ple dis­agree with my facts and con­clu­sions, then debate me—but don’t seek to silence me through intim­i­da­tion or label me an infor­ma­tion ter­ror­ist which could poten­tial­ly mark me for death.”
    ...

    Is dead whistle­blow­ers the goal here? Of course not. The goal is silence. Death threats are just the means to those ends. Death threats and/or actu­al death for the ‘liq­ui­dat­ed’.

    And yet, as Rit­ter and the oth­er out­spo­ken fig­ures on that list aren’t shut­ting up. They haven’t been intim­i­dat­ed into silence. What’s the next step? We’ll see. But giv­en the lack of any real push back by West­ern gov­ern­ments, we can be pret­ty con­fi­dent there’s going to be a next step.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | September 22, 2022, 3:49 pm

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