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[英国 每日邮报] 美“黑水“雇佣军进入乌克兰

Has Blackwater been deployed toUkraine? Notorious U.S. mercenaries 'seen on the streets of flashpoint city' asRussia claims 300 hired guns have arrived in country


Unidentified armed men seen on the streets of Donetsk in east Ukraine· Russian diplomat claims 300 mercenaries had arrived in Kiev this week Mercenaries in the region could give Putin pretext for military action Donetsk has been the scene of big pro-Russian demonstrations this week  By DAMIEN GAYLEPUBLISHED: 22:49 GMT, 8 March 2014 | UPDATED: 00:37GMT, 9 March 2014


Speculationwas growing last night thatAmerican mercenaries had been deployed to Donetsk after videos emerged ofunidentified armed men in the streets of the eastern Ukrainian city.At least two videos published on YouTubeearlier this week show burly, heavily armed soldiers with noinsignia in the city, which has been gripped by pro-Moscow protests.In one of the videos onlookers can be heard shouting 'Blackwater!Blackwater!' as the armed men, who wear no insignia, jog through the streets.



A screengrab from a YouTubevideo showing armed men on the streets of Donetsk, a largely Russian-speakingcity in east Ukraine which has been the scene of large protests against thecountry's new regime


Donetsk was this week the scene ofcivil unrest as pro-Russian elements among its citizens seized control of the regional administration headquartersand another government building.Yesterday thousands of people gathered in the city centre wavingRussian flags and calling for a referendum to determine the status of thestrategically important coal-mining region.Both the videos which purport to show'Blackwater' mercenaries in Donetsk were uploaded last Monday, with their descriptionswritten in Russian.The context of the videos is not clear,but it appears that the armed men had turned up at a street protest against thenew regime. They wander around brandishing their weapons before suddenlyfleeing the scene as passers-by shout 'Blackwater! Blackwater!'


Both the videos which purport to show 'Blackwater' mercenaries in Donetskwere uploaded last Monday, with their descriptions written in Russian. Theycould give Russia the pretext to invade the region


The armed men hop down from the elevated position where some had beenstanding and make their exit


Since the videos emerged, Twitter has beenalive with speculation that mercenaries linked to Blackwater, now known as Academi, are active in Ukraine, helping to prop up theembattled new pro-western government.And a Russian diplomat in Kiev told the Interfaxnews agency on Wednesday that 300 employees of privatesecurity companies had arrived there.'These are soldiersof fortune proficient in combat operations. Most ofthem had operated under private contractsin Iraq, Afghanistan and other states,' the source said. Interfaxreported that the diplomat did not disclose the nationalities of themercenaries but said, 'Most of them come from the United States'.Asked whether the soldiers seen in thevideos could be from Academi, Dr Nafeez Ahmed, a security expert with theInstitute for Policy Research & Development, said: ‘Difficult to say really.It's certainly not beyond the realm of possibility - Academi have been deployed in all sorts oftheatres.'I think the question is whether theevidence available warrants at least reasonable speculation.‘On the face of it, the uniforms of the people in thevideos are consistent with US mercs - they don't look like Russian soldiers mercs.On the other hand, why run around in public making a show of it?’He added: ‘Of course the other possibility is it'sall Russian propaganda.’


国际文传电讯社报道,这名外交官并没有透露这些雇佣兵的国籍,但是(他)说“他们大多来自美国”。当问到视频中出现在那里的士兵是否来自Academi。政策研究与发展研究所的安全专家Nafeez Ahmed博士说,‘不好判断,这种可能性不能排除- Academi不可能部署在所有各类地区冲突里,我认为现有的证据不足以支持这种推测。


Any suggestion that a U.S. mercenary outfit like Blackwater, known now as Academi,had begun operating in east Ukraine could give Russian president Vladimir Putinthe pretext for a military invasion


As the armed men leftthe scene, suspicious bystanders could be heard yelling 'Blackwater!Blackwater!'


Any suggestion that a U.S. mercenaryoutfit like Academi had begun operating in the country could give Russianpresident Vladimir Putin the pretext for a military invasion.The Russian parliament, the Duma, hasalready voted to give Putin the authority to take action in the country, wherethe pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych was last month ousted after massprotests in the capital, Kiev.Pro-Russian forces have already seizedcontrol of the southern Ukrainian province of Crimea, although the Kremlindenies that the thousands of heavily armed,well-equipped men that have appeared there are under its control.Last month a report in the Daily Beast claimedthat 'informed sources' in Moscow had said the troops belong to Vnevedomstvenaya Okhrana, a private security contracting bureau similar to Academi that is close to the Kremlin.The videos which emerged this week comeamid reports in Russian media which claimed that 300 'strong' men had arrivedat Kiev's Boryspil airport carrying military-style bags.Reports speculated that they were beingsent to regions in eastern and southern Ukraine where Russian-speaking andethnic Russian groups posed a secessionarythreat to the new government.Blackwater was founded in 1997 by formerU.S. Navy SEAL Erik Prince and were one of several private security firmsemployed by the U.S. government to protect its diplomatic missions overseas.With the outbreak of the Iraq war in 2003the company's operations expanded and its revenue mushroomed, but a string ofcontroversial killings by its personnel led to a rebranding, first to Xe andthen to Academi, its current name.As well as acting as security contractors,Blackwater are seen by some as a private army that can promote U.S. interestswithout official military involvement.Technically they are a multinationalcompany and can by hired by anyone, but the board of directors includes anumber of U.S. establishment figures including John Ashcroft, the formerAttorney General, and former NSA chief Bobby Ray Inman.


尽管克里姆林宫否认成千上万全副武装、装备精良的士兵出现并接管那里。上个月在[每日野兽]的一篇报告声称,“莫斯科消息灵通人士”所说的部队属于vnevedom stvenaya Okhrana(也是个雇佣军公司名),一个私有安保承包署类似于Academi,它和克林姆林宫关系较密切。



Pro-Russian demonstrators take part in arally in central Donetsk earlier today: The eastern city is in part of Ukrainewhere the majority of the population are either Russian-speaking or ethnicRussian


Russia! Help us: Protesters hold signs in English calling for Russianintervention in the region


No to Nato: A womanholds a sign decrying the trans-Atlantic alliance, while the Hammer and Sickle,the flag of the Soviet union      , flies in the background at the pro-Russiandemonstration earlier today


Riot police standguard in front of regional government building which was until Thursdayoccupied by pro-Russian activists, as demonstrations carry on outside


If Blackwater are present in Ukraine, itwould make most sense for them to be deployed in the country's east and south,where pro-Russian protesters raised the Russian flag over the regionalparliament last Saturday.It remained in place until Thursday whenUkrainian police regained control of the building without any resistance.Donetsk, home city of deposed presidentYanukovich, has seen the most persistent pro-Moscow demonstrations in a wave ofprotests that have erupted across southern and eastern cities.MailOnline contacted Academifor comment, but there was no reply.



naughty usa...hiring mercenaries now andafter will claim they are not usa soldiers they used same in iraq to hide theirhuge troop losses as blackwater troops are not counted in official lossesReplyNew Comment 113 328


DarkArrow73, Kent, United Kingdom, 28 minutes agoMilitary Instigation lies on Russia.Financial instigation lies on the EU. But since all parties cross these lines,the concepts of 'good' and 'evil' have eroded. We are now left with 'myinterests' vs 'your interests'. The only way to grasp at some sense of a moraldirection is to look at the interests of the country whose human stakesoutmatch any others: Ukraine. Would Ukraine (and Crimea) civilians befinancially better off with the EU or with Russia? They will pay the price andshould not be militarily 'swayed' by any nation.1,0


Anon, London, 5 hours agoAmerica is VILE.ReplyNew Comment 202 304


beantown01, boston, United States, 1 hour agoOh you are just jealous that we pinchedthe Americas.Click to rate 4 7


Allan, English love it, United Kingdom, 5 hoursagoThis is not going to end well and I cansee who will be winning this fight and those that have created this mess areaall sitting behind desks should be brought to book.ReplyNew Comment 16 205


Garry, East_Kilbride, 5 hours agoWho is paying for them to be there...theUS or the new Ukraine government? Either way Spetsnaz will be looking out forthem.ReplyNew Comment 42 170


Amisa Neonova, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 4 hours agoThe Ukrainian 'Government' just signed a$10 billion shale gas deal with Chevron, but mainstream media is hardlyreporting it.Click to rate 4 73


IN-A-WORLD-OF-MY-OWN, TENERIFE. The Last Resort....., Spain, 4hours agoI HAVE A VERY BAD FEELING ABOUT WHERE THIS IS GOING. Putin is NOT afraid to take on the USA!It would strengthen his support at home. He is probably hoping for 'sanctions'so he can show who is the boss and turn our gas off!ReplyNew Comment16 141Click to rate


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