Ukraine Hosts US Military To Be Permanently Stationed On Its Soil

Authored by Alex Gorka via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

United States Naval Construction Battalions, better known as the Seabees (C.B. – construction battalion), of the Naval Construction Force held a groundbreaking ceremony for a maritime operations center on Ochakov Naval Base, Ukraine, July 25. According to the, the official website of the US Navy, the maritime operations center is one of three projects that are currently planned to be executed by the Seabees in Ochakov and will serve as a major planning and operational hub during future military exercises hosted by Ukraine. The Seabees arrived in Ochakov in April to establish contracts, obtain construction permits and perform other logistical tasks for the maritime operations center project.

Maritime operations centers are the operational-level warfare command and control organizations designed to deliver flexible maritime capabilities throughout the full range of military operations. The future Seabee projects in Ochakov include a boat maintenance facility and entry control points with perimeter fencing.

«Our ability to maximize European reassurance initiatives in Ukraine holds strategic importance, and will ultimately improve host nation defense capacity and infrastructure, strengthen relations, and increase bilateral training capabilities», said Lt. j.g. Jason McGee, officer in charge of Det. Ukraine.

In July, several US missile warships, including the USS Hue City Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and the USS Carney Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, a P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft and a Navy SEALs team took part in the 12-day Sea Breeze 2017 NATO naval exercise held in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, near the port city of Odessa. 17 nations took part in the training event.

The drills were conducted in the 'free game' format in the Odessa and Nikolayev regions and the northwestern areas of the Black Sea. The practice scenarios cover amphibious warfare. The only country the forces could be training to assault is Russia.

During the exercise, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his first visit to Ukraine (July 9) to demonstrate the political support of Kiev’s policy aimed at integration with the United States and NATO. He was accompanied by Kurt Volker, the newly appointed US Special Representative to the Minsk peace process, who is known as a hawk against Moscow.

The US political support is not gratuitous. In late June, the Ukrainian government took a decision to buy American coal from Pennsylvania, which is said to be almost twice as expensive as locally sourced in the Donbass – Ukraine’s traditional supplier of energy needs. 

In July, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the Law of Ukraine «On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine Regarding the Foreign Policy of Ukraine», which determines membership of the Alliance as one of the country’s foreign policy priorities. Poroshenko said that a referendum on NATO membership would be held by 2020.

Ukraine takes part in a host of NATO exercises: Operation Fearless Guardian, Exercise Sea Breeze, Saber Guardian/Rapid Trident, Safe Skies and Combined Resolve. It became the first non-member country to contribute its troops to the NATO Response Force.

On June 8, Ukraine’s parliament adopted a bill called «On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine (on Foreign Policy Course of Ukraine), setting NATO membership as Ukraine’s foreign policy goal, replacing the country’s non-aligned status.

The United States will deliver lethal weapons to Ukraine. The Joint Staff is working with US European Command to determine what the lethal defensive aid to Ukraine would look like. The House version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) cuts military aid to Ukraine from the initial $300 million to $150 million, but it provides permission for lethal arms supplies. The idea is strongly supported in the Senate. If the legislation goes through, the weapons could be legally sent to Ukraine starting October 1. The money could be used to deliver over 900 FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles designed to strike armored vehicles, fortified ground installations and low flying aerial targets at a distance of 50-2,500 meters.

Former President Barack Obama was unconvinced that granting Ukraine lethal defensive weapons would be the right decision in view of corruption widespread in Ukraine. Skepticism about sending weapons to Ukraine is common in Europe. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier opposed the idea. NATO Military Committee Chairman Petr Pavel has spoken against lethal arms deliveries to Kiev.

A recently published RAND study says that the country faces deeply embedded problems which cannot easily be solved by foreign-provided assistance.

A US military facility near Russia’s borders is a very serious threat to regional security.

The Black Sea region is turning into a hot spot. US destroyers and cruisers visit the Black Sea regularly to provide NATO with long-range first strike capability. The Romania-based Aegis Ashore BMD system uses the Mk-41 launcher capable of firing Tomahawk long-range precision-guided missiles against land assets.

Romania has worked energetically to increase US and NATO force presence in the region. The US has recently taken the decision to send an additional 500 forces to the Romanian Mihail Kogalniceanu (MK) forward operating base. A brigade-size multinational NATO force is based in Craiova, Romania. Nations which have pledged to contribute include Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and the United States. The unit is intended to facilitate the deployment of reinforcements. Georgia and Ukraine will be fully involved in the plans.

Romania calls for a regular trilateral format of joint naval exercises in the Black Sea, along with Turkey and Bulgaria, with the eventual participation of non-littoral NATO members.

The United Kingdom has decided to deploy four Typhoon aircraft to Mihail Kogalniceanu in 2017. Deveselu, Romania, is home for Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense site and a target for the Russian military.

Bulgaria has offered to participate in the Multinational Framework Brigade stationed in Romania with 400 troops. In September, about 150 US Marines, part of the Black Sea Rotational Force, are due at Novo Selo, Bulgaria. This will be the first of three six-month rotations of about 150 US Marines, part of the Black Sea Rotational Force. Under the 2006 defense cooperation agreement, the United States has access to three Bulgarian military bases.

The US plans to deploy up to 2,500 troops at Novo Selo; the base can hold as many as 5,000 during joint-nation exercises with NATO allies. The facility’s upgrade is finished to add a helicopter landing zone and an air operations building. The base is expected to host US heavy tanks. A NATO maintenance support area is to be built in Sliven or Plovdiv. This is a serious military build-up turning Bulgaria into springboard to attack Russia or a target for the Russia’s armed forces.

It’s hardly a wise decision to militarize the country against Russia when 80 percent of Bulgarian exports and imports transit the Black Sea and tourism contributes heavily to the country’s economy, increased maritime militarization could have a widespread negative economic impact in case of heightened tensions, accidents or clashes.

Since September, 2016 US and Bulgarian aircraft conduct patrol flights in the Black Sea. The patrolling mission greatly increases the risk of an accident, especially with the Russian S-400 long range systems stationed in Crimea. Russian aircraft deployed in the Northern Caucasus and Rostov region are capable of controlling the whole Black Sea. President Putin has warned NATO about the consequences such a policy would lead to.

Non-Black Sea NATO members cannot stay in the Black Sea for more than 21 days, according to the Montreux Convention. NATO has three members with Black Sea ports in Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, as well as two more aspiring members in Ukraine and Georgia. Bulgarian, Romanian, Ukrainian and Georgian navies have limited capabilities. Handing over to them some of other NATO members’ warships is an option under consideration. The ships could be reflagged to beef up permanent naval capabilities in the theater. US warships frequent the Black Sea to provide NATO with long-range first strike capability.

The Romania-based missile defense system as well as NATO air bases and headquarters will be targeted by Russian Kalibr sea- and air-based medium-range cruise missiles successfully tested in Syria some time ago. The active phase array antenna-based radar, located in Romania, can be countered by Russian ground and air-based electronic warfare systems.

In response to NATO growing presence, Russia has deployed S-400 long-range air-defense systems and Bastion-P (K-300P) anti-ship coastal defense missile systems equipped with Onyx missiles. These Mach 2.6 supersonic missiles are highly maneuverable, difficult to detect and have a range of nearly 300 kilometers. With the help of the Monolith-B radar station, the system is capable of obtaining over-the-horizon target designation many miles beyond the horizon. The long-range cruise missile capable Su-24 supersonic attack aircraft are already deployed in Crimea.

Russia has to react in view of massive militarization of the region against the background of high tensions. An accident may spark a big fire. The US military presence in Ukraine is a highly provocative step, which will very negatively affect the situation. Nothing justifies the whipping up of tensions in the Black Sea region, but the United States keeps on doing it with great vigor.


LindseyNarrate… (not verified) LindseyNarrate… (not verified) Tue, 08/15/2017 - 03:39 Permalink

I have come-to-believe that the human-race is under-assault by "over-lords", that are manipulating common-humanity, on every level, for some insidious agenda, and I am NOT AT ALL convinced that we are dealing with human-beings, at-that-level, because this is just too fucking crazy, AND INEXPLICABLE. I no longer care what anyone says or thinks about my postulation--WHEN TAKEN IN-TOTALITY, THIS SHIT IS SIMPLY ABNORMAL BEYOND ANY RATIONALE, AND THAT INCLUDES THE WIDE-SPREAD-USE OF "DEPLETED"-URANIUM, WHICH POISONS ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING WITH WHICH IT COMES INTO CONTACT.  THAT, Ladies and Gentlemen, is NOT, NOT, NOT!!!, something that makes-any-sense, once one seriously considers the reality of its known dangers.I think that things are far, far worse, than anyone, honestly-to-God, is willing to admit. Lindsey 

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BeansMcGreens Wahooo Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:50 Permalink

No, most Christians do not believe the opposite as you said.The Old Testament just shows that :Romans 3:22-24And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,   and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.… Man could never ever work his way through no matter what laws were provided to the level of God Himself, even if considered the chosen people. Its all about grace.Some of the most evil, anti-God people in man's short history are Jews, along with every other type of person.The insanity being experienced and is ramping up is the withdrawal of God's protective hand.

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rrrr BeansMcGreens Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:18 Permalink

 In Western civilization, the name 'God' has come to be perceived by many as the name of a supposed deity which created everything that exists. Of course, if such an entity did not create itself, it would have had to have been created by something else and thus would not have created everything; and, if it did create itself, it would have had to do so out of nothing, which, to human understanding, is impossible; and it is within the realm of human understanding that we are functioning; therefore, it is only reasonable that in the opinions of intelligent humans such an entity cannot possibly exist. So the primitively conceived and extremely limited deity described in the Bible cannot be real in an objective sense. If it exists subjectively, that is to say, in your imagination, and if you believe that it's real, that is a delusion, and if you live your life in accordance with that belief, that is a form of psychosis. See a good definition of psychosis. It means you're insane. 

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Luc X. Ifer rrrr Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:03 Permalink

Congrats taking the time to present a rationalization for dummies for the psychiatric subject 'religion', the most frequent form of schizophrenic delusion.It is fucking crippling for one to realize it lives in a world dominated by a vast majority of insane, schizophrenic delusional beings. Ocam razor says this is the cause of this insane, crazy society. Hitchenes was right. 

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HardAssets USofAzzDownWeGo Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:32 Permalink

I'm no expert, but all my reading leads me to believe its Satanists of various varieties. The average schmuck member of various organizations are completely oblivious as to the real agenda of those evil insiders at the top. Average Joe and Jane scratches their heads, puzzled by behavior which seems contradictory & detrimental to these organizations p.r. framed mission.

They remain ignorant by purposely ignoring what might undermine their whole personal belief/identity system.

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Mena Arkansas LindseyNarrate… (not verified) Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:43 Permalink

Yes, it is hard not to come to the conclusion there is a malevolent off-world force successfully operating in the world through earth-bound minions.How else to explain that a tribe of 14 million control so much wealth and power over the 7 billion on the planet?I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

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gregga777 Tue, 08/15/2017 - 03:44 Permalink

The top long range goal of the Anglo-Zionist Empire of Lies is the complete destruction of Russian Orthodox Christianity. The Bolsheviks tried to destroy the Russian Orthodox Church during their reign of terror and now that the Bolshevik Neoconservatives control the United States and its thermonuclear weaponry they want to complete the job. That's why the Anglo-Zionist FAKE NEWS Media never criticizes US and NATO provocations and encirclement of the Russian Federation.

Matteo S. gregga777 Tue, 08/15/2017 - 04:59 Permalink

They don't care about religion, being themselves faithless.

What they car about is power. Their strategy, since the Anglo-Dutch alliance of 1688 that was the alliance of merchants and bankers, has always been to destroy any competition and to encroach on the golden goose.
They boast about free market but they are and always were monopolists.

This is why they had to destroy India and France in the 18th and early 19th century, Russia and China in the 19th, Germany in the first half of 20th century and the USSR/Russia in the 20th century.

All this was theorized by Mackinder : split the heartland so that the anglo-saxon empire has no rival.

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not dead yet Tue, 08/15/2017 - 03:49 Permalink

Who thinks up all these stupid names for these war games. Probably a committee of 20 working full time. Give me the money they're paying them and I can simplify it for them. We'll name them "Let's fuck with the Russians 1", then " Let's fuck with the Russians 2", then 3, and so on. In Asia we would call it "Let's fuck with China 1", then 2, then 3, etc. Maybe add the year in there too.

Marcecamb Tue, 08/15/2017 - 04:18 Permalink

Well, now we know were is the money they are saving from non investing in the crumbling infraentructure in USA mainland. Surely is for a good purpose/sarc.

BritBob Tue, 08/15/2017 - 04:28 Permalink

Russia/Ukraine – Crimea (If it ever went to court Russia would lose).As successor states to the Soviet Union, both Ukraine and Russia are signatories to the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). Adopted in Helsinki in 1975, the document sought to promote détente during an era of Cold War geopolitical tensions in Europe. For relevant facts (1 page) Gibraltar – Helsinki Accord 1975 (1 page)

Thom Paine Tue, 08/15/2017 - 04:30 Permalink

China will be a major supplier of body-bags to Europe and the USA in the near future.I think the irony for the MIC is that after nuclear war China will be the remaining global hegemon, the USA a busted poor rabble in ashes, with a flood of Mexicans across the border to loot whatever remains.It is almost like the plan IS to cause massive global destruction.

dogismycopilot Tue, 08/15/2017 - 04:39 Permalink

The Department of State is a run-away train and Trump and Tillerson are impotent to stop it.I am not sure they want to stop it at this point.These people are fucking crazy.

Dank fur Kopf Tue, 08/15/2017 - 04:58 Permalink

Permanently, until the Ukrainian regime collapses, and another oligarch gang rises to power that is against the US. Then everyone leaves or gets murdered, because Ukraine is as civilized as Afghanistan.