US auxiliaries propping up Ukraine, says French intelligence

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US auxiliaries propping up Ukraine, says French intelligence

French intelligence reportedly believes that US auxiliaries are propping up Kiev's armed forces.

A well-placed analyst in French intelligence said that Ukrainian forces had the American military at their side from the start of the conflict with Russia. Pentagon-hired contractors are reported to be everywhere on the battlefield. The claim was published last week by the right-leaning outlet in an analysis of the five-month long Russia-Ukraine conflict, which, according to the statement, is not the fight of David against Goliath, contrary to what many people believe.

The Pentagon for the first time subcontracted large-scale warfare in Ukraine, the magazine cited its source as saying. These mercenaries are in addition to the huge military aid provided to Kiev by Washington and are not necessarily frontline fighters, according to Causeur.

As an example of subcontracted warfare, it cited the widely-publicized supply of SpaceX satellite internet access for Ukrainian military officials. Elon Musk initially framed this as an act of charitable support, but media reports later revealed that it was paid for with US taxpayer money.

The US did not want to engage its troops in Ukraine, despite the fact that it did not want a direct confrontation with Russia. The French magazine said Washington was apparently ignoring the threat of escalation as it pours weapons and private manpower into Ukraine for the sake of bleeding Russia, which the US government hopes will result in a strategic defeat for Moscow.

The magazine said Russia appears to be slowly gaining the upper hand over Ukraine as its superior firepower is dominant over Kiev's eight-year preparations for a fight for Donbass. The heavy damage caused by Russian artillery and aerial forces has resulted in dissertations and insubordination among Ukrainian troops, it said. If the Russian forces progress beyond the heavily urbanized Donbass with its unfavorable terrain, the balance of power could quickly shift in Moscow s favor, the report said.

Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev's failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by France and Germany, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko admitted that Kiev's main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and create powerful armed forces. In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was unprovoked.