As the US government continues to say it does not want U.S. or NATO forces coming into direct conflict with Russian troops, a recent report in Yahoo News revealed that since 2015, the CIA has been overseeing a secret intensive training program in the U.S. for elite Ukrainian special operations forces who are trained for insurgency.

What is the real purpose of this CIA program? And what does it actually say about U.S. intentions in the region?

In the latest episode of CovertAction Bulletin, we discuss the history of this decades-long CIA training program in Ukraine, and more. Joining the show is Walter Smolarek, of the podcast The Socialist Program.

We also discuss Ukranian President Voldymyr Zelensky’s speech Sunday night where he denied Ukranian involvement in the Holocaust, the recent disturbing tweet from Secretary Blinken blaming Yemeni people for the ongoing U.S.-backed Saudi war in Yemen, and the role that U.S. intelligence agencies have played in cyber attacks.

For patrons who sign up for the CovertAction Bulletin at our patreon site, for as little as $3 per month you can also listen to our exclusive interview with author, investigator, journalist and poet Douglas Valentine, whose multiple books include The CIA As Organized Crime, The Phoenix Program, The Strength of the Pack, among other titles.

With Douglas, we take a look at the recent revelation in the mainstream media that the CIA is training insurgents in Ukraine and step back to look at how this fits in the larger pattern of CIA covert operations. We also discuss Doug’s book entitled CIA As Organized Crime and dive deeper into an overarching view of how the CIA operates and it’s playbook in Ukraine. And finally, Doug addresses the role of the U.S. security state in the “War on Drugs.”

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