Despite Russian Warnings, US Will Deploy A Battalion To Ukraine By The End Of The Week

Tyler Durden's picture

"Before this week is up, we’ll be deploying a battalion... to the Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces for the fight that's taking place," stated US 173rd Airborne Brigade Commander Colonel Michael Foster said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC on Monday. Despite earlier warnings from Russia (and claims that NATO had not agreed to any such foreign 'boots on the ground' action'), Sputnik News reports, Foster added, "what we’ve got laid out is six United States companies that will be training six Ukrainian companies throughout the summer."

This comes a week after PM David Cameron confirmed Britain will be sending 75 military personnel to help combat Russian military aggression.

Despite earlier reports from Russia's NATO envoy that, as TASS reports,

NATO has taken no decisions on sending British or any other instructors to Ukraine, Russia’s Ambassador to the North Atlantic Alliance Alexander Grushko said on Monday.


"NATO has taken no decisions on sending instructors," he told the Rossiya 24 television channel. "NATO is implementing the decisions that were taken at the political level at the Wales summit in September 2014."


Moscow will take all measures, including military-technical, to neutralize possible threat from NATO presence in Ukraine, he added.

It seems it is happening, as Sputnik News reports,

The United States will deploy personnel by the end of this week to train the Ukrainian national guard, US 173rd Airborne Brigade Commander Colonel Michael Foster said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC on Monday.


“Before this week is up, we’ll be deploying a battalion minus… to the Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces for the fight that’s taking place,” Foster stated. “What we’ve got laid out is six United States companies that will be training six Ukrainian companies throughout the summer.”




The current plan is for US forces to stay six months, he said, and noted there have been discussions about how to increase the duration and the scope of the training mission.


The current channels for military training set up between Ukraine and the United States would not be used for transferring defensive lethal aid if the United States decided to provide arms to Ukraine, Foster told Sputnik on Monday.


“It would go through something separate... We would not funnel the lethal aid or arms through that [training] event, we would use a secondary method for that,” Foster said, adding that a completely separate process is preferable.

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Here is the full interview with Colonel Foster: "If Russia will invade Ukraine, why would we not think they will invade the US next?"

At 14:45, Colonel Foster discusses the deployment of US troops to Ukraine...

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Of course, we already knew American military boots were on the ground in east Ukraine...


But this seems like a direct aim at Putin after the war-mongery rhetoric this morning:

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blackhand's picture

Because sending a handful of advisors to a war torn country has worked so well in the past.

Deathrips's picture

Does anyone really think these ziofucks care how many military and civilian deaths there are on both sides?

As long as they get what they want......paper control. printer control.



Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

How many dip-shits in the pentagram did it take to bake this strategy? Pure, unfiltered hubris...

Pinto Currency's picture



Supporting a failed neo-nazifascist government installed by NATO and run by a central banker Yats.

We must be so close to collapse that our governments are desperate for cover.

But this is treason - not cover for failed monetary policy.


Escrava Isaura's picture






McMolotov's picture

It's increasingly clear that our "leaders" are either insane or mentally handicapped, and we're at the point when it doesn't matter which one it is. Either way, they could very easily get us all killed.

Time to officially rename the United States "Full Retardistan" and be done with it.

NidStyles's picture

The 173rd is not a training Battalion. It's a combat unit.


The field advisors and trainers are already in the Ukraine, they announced that like three weeks ago. This is a build up for open war.

jeff montanye's picture

and, as with vietnam, afghanistan and iraq, the u.s. enjoys logistical supply advantage as well as better morale because it means more to us than to them.  

OldPhart's picture

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their comments over the years.

If I survive, I'm REALLY going to miss Zero Hedge.

Fortunately, I have a desk.

manofthenorth's picture

Looks like after midnight, everybodys pretty drunk, the pile on the table is really big and everyones all in. Just waiting on the river. Its not even about the money anymore now that it is obvious to many that it is make believe anyway. Now as always it is about raw power and control of everything.

fudge's picture

Merkel is very quite, Hollande is  very quite, in fact all of EU has gone very very quite.

I wonders why.

GetZeeGold's picture



No's just a police action.


SARC for the neophytes.


In the history of bad ideas...this has got to be right up there.

The Blank Stare's picture

Certianly explains all the Jihadi John distraction. This is nothing more than a False Flag Battalion.

BTW, has anyone actually seen this Jihadi Pawn chop anyones head off? All I've seen are those diet commercial Before and After pics.

JoeySandwiches's picture

Europe doesn't wanna do this WW3 shit...  They still remember the one before it.  I hope whatever attempt at WW3 USA!USA!USA! tries, that it leads to a breakup of EU/NATO.

I have a feeling World War 3 is gonna end up being USA&Israel vs everybody else. If we're not all nuclear ash, I'd be very curious about what future history books will say of our bastard empire.

new game's picture

without the world reserve currency none of this could happen! the fed is printing war.

first it was printing billionaires under the guise of pro$perity, but now it is clear the fed is printing a blueprinted path to world donimation and the only question is what nation(s) are going to stop this advance? i think we all know, but we are truely afraid of the results. IN-FUCKING-SANITY!

California Nightmares's picture

I'd be very curious about what future history books will say of our bastard empire.



They'll say the USA was dealt a full house and yet it lost the great game through sheer stupidity.

Dugald's picture

Quite...........about what???? ah I see, you mean quiet, where did some of you go to school, you did, did you not?

Motasaurus's picture

Mother do you think they'll drop the bomb? 

Thirst Mutilator's picture

Not sure... But it would appear that       'THE ECONOMIST 2015'     11.3      number is very much on pace for something.

GetZeeGold's picture




You can't say we weren't warned.....that was the whole point of that deal.


I've picked my side.......bring it.

Thirst Mutilator's picture

 "I told you... I'm a Kung Fu Man... I bleed on the INSIDE!!! But you wouldn't know that cause you're a big Barry White looking MF"

- Billy Ray Valentine [Capricorn]

Element's picture




"I've picked my side.......bring it."


Well that's wonderful.

If no one picked 'sides' there would be no industrial warfare.

But people are proud of being gibbering idiots and go on to say stupid-hero stuff like, "Bring it", then act all surprised when it is actually 'brung'.

So I don't want to hear your whining about how the world's 95% demolished and how you're starving, or your sniveling about how badly your oozing wounds are hurting, and smell.

First off, I'll burst out laughing at your self-inflicted plight, then I'll pick up a very heavy piece of masonry, and make make sure that you won't breed. Consider it Mercy.

Happy ever after.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Martin Armstrong's "Confidence" Model - 2015.75

Shemitah Ends - 2015.75 (7 yrs from 2008.75... 14 yrs from 2001.75)


spieslikeus's picture

Knowing that you lost your firearms in a unfortunate boating accident, you should also keep a pair of scissors handy while hiding under the desk. This is for protection until the government comes to help....and is for your own good.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

American troops are better fed than Russian troops, but unfortunately it makes them a bigger target.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

actually, american troops have such a synthetic diet of 'nutrition' and meds that they may not be considered human anymore

Nexus789's picture

Then they are going to get their arses kicked.  Does hubris help you on the battlefield?

Luckhasit's picture

Thank you Nid, I wonder when someone was going to say that.

Urban Redneck's picture

It's worse than just another USSA combat unit.

It is the rapid reaction force for the US Army in Europe.  It is one step down from deploying a dedicated door kicker (Ranger) or regime change (SF) combat unit, which would provide zero PR cover.  The 173 was actually about the most difficult unit for aspiring door kickers and regime changers in the infantry to get transferred to, because of the great weather (beaches and skiing both within short distance) and lots of hot young white women (NOT FROM WALMART), or so my buddies said, since it wan't reactivated until after my time... 

Element's picture

Training in use of NATO weapons, tactics and progressive combat integration thereafter.


Urban Redneck's picture

6 US companies training 6 companies of Ukranian "National Guard" in small unit combat tactics...  The answer to the 3rd question specifically "working and fighting" could be interpreted in interesting ways, as well as the answer at 30 mins in regards to tactical adaptation to the little green men's tactics and skillsets.  A worthy investment of an hour even though the Colonel isn't the next Einstein or Alexander the Great, but without a colonel-speak-to-English translator- one could wind up too deep down the rabbit hole, although even with a translator- it is apparent the US itself is pretty far down that rabbit hole already.

cnmcdee's picture

 -People this VERY VERY SERIOUS..  Look at the build up.

Russia Moves -

 Russia paying $2000 / month for fresh recruits to 'take  leave' and then given a Grad or Tank and sent into Ukraine. I personally talked to a guy at work from Russia - his cousin almost signed till his grandparents stepped in and made him come home.

America Moves -

 America following the final paper from the Brookings Institute to the letter funds $1 billion to disrupt UAV's from Russia which give Artillery immediate coordinates for striking Ukranian troops.

Russia Moves -

 Russia sends a clear message to Obama by painting 'This bombs for you' on the side of a 20 megaton warhead in it's official military parade.  You just don't do this stuff unless you are clearly serious.

America Moves -

Two days later America begins conducting NATO exercises 300 yards from the Russian Border.  Stick swinging to provoke the bear at it's finest..

Russia Moves

 - American aging weather satellite experiences 'rapid rise in heat' which causes it to explode.  - only reported in the British media. Clearly shot down

America Moves

 - 172 COMBAT battalion deploying this week - will clearly be active in the Ukraine despite their claims that they are for 'training'  The only training they will be conducting is side by side operations with Ukranian forces.

PEOPLE GET READY. Stockpile food, water, and provision for marital law.  There is a real and likely scenario that this war will go hot, and when it does it will happen so fast by the time the media leaks get through the military sensors and the public panics it will be too late.  I expect that there will be tactical nuclear exchanges by both sides - as both sides care not if Ukraine is made a nuclear waste land.

lazysunday's picture

How I bet you all your PM's that nothing happens? It will all be saber rattling. None these fuckwads on either side wants a war, nor has the stomach (usa) and money (russia) for one. 


U-P-G-R-A-Y-E-D-D's picture

"Russia sends a clear message to Obama by painting 'This bombs for you' on the side of a 20 megaton warhead in it's official military parade.  You just don't do this stuff unless you are clearly serious."

That was actually a 0.00002 megagram warhead made out of styrofoam in its (sic) official Russian-people-standing-around-in-a-crowd parade.  Oleg wouldn't have put such attention to the paint job had he not been experienced with miniatures, about which he is clearly serious.   

strannick's picture

I thought our military types would be smarter and tougher, than to simper along and follow the evil bidding of a community organizer and his Wall Street handers, who are just going to get more of our military men and women killed over their viscious, safely behind the line elitist schemes.

Motasaurus's picture

Have you forgotten that TPTB have retired every commander willing to stand up to their plans for nuclear war.  

McMolotov's picture

+1 for your picture. Just like the horse from Adventure Time, the powers that be are whack. They've got poo brain.

Max Steel's picture
Were Americans As Bad as the Soviets? 

American GIs in postwar Germany raped up to 190,000 women at the end of World War II .

Nexus789's picture

Make you wonder how many women were raped in Vietnam.

GetZeeGold's picture



Probably don't want to bring up the UN numbers.


Rape in wartime usually happens by thugs with guns on helpless women...clearly we should arm every woman on the planet.


If we do that...I'm thinking those numbers will go down.


Unlike the progressives...I actually am for women's rights.

JohninMK's picture

Why do you think so many soldiers that were in war zones at the end of WW2 refused to talk about it?

Either they ordered it, took part in it or they watched or they knew about it and did nothing.

I hope they are rotting in hell.

How the German nation got over this is absolutely astonishing.

Oh and don't forget the millions of Germans expelled in appalling conditions from Easter Europe. I expect that some if those films with people crammed into cattle wagons are from that period, after the war.

Oh and then there are the German prisoners of war, in France, Germany, UK etc treated very badly as slaves, dying in 100s of thousands, until 1947/8 when the Allies suddenly realised that the Germans were starting to believe that Communism would be better than what they were experiencing. Hence the panic Marshall Plan.

BeansMcGreens's picture

And that woman and gays have clamored to be allowed to be in combat. Plenty of fresh cannon fodder to be drafted.

Bananamerican's picture

Under these circumstances, what are the odds Putin has Russian troops in Kiev before the end of the week?

Sandmann's picture

ZERO. Russian troops will not be used - they would get in the way of Iskander missiles and certainly hamper the Ukrainians overthrowing the regime

Bananamerican's picture

you think Pootie would lob missiles at "the tripwire" fodder O's handlers are sending?

BlackChicken's picture

WE are provoking this situation to the limits, by we, I mean our chosen 'representatives'

If Russia openly crosses the border, even if they are in the right to do so, ww3 will be within hours/days. The leaders here are bat-shit crazy.