American Mercenaries in Ukraine?

German’s Der Spiegel issued a report in German. Here it is thanks to the magic of Google Translate:

Use against separatists: Ukrainian army apparently gets support of U.S. mercenaries.”

400 U.S. mercenaries are fighting in eastern Ukraine against the separatists. The reported “Bild am Sonntag” and refers to intelligence information. The fighters come therefore from military service Academi, formerly known as Blackwater.

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 According to “Bild am Sonntag”, the Ukrainian security forces are supported by Academi 400 elite soldiers. They should have led operations against pro-Russian rebel around the city ostukrainische Slowjansk. Accordingly, the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) put the federal government on April 29 such requests. Who had instructed the mercenary, is still unclear.

The information should come from the U.S. Secret Service and were during the so-called news service Lichen location, a regular meeting chaired by the Chancellor’s Office chief Peter Altmaier (CDU), has been presented. At the meeting, the President of the intelligence agencies and the Federal Criminal Office, the intelligence coordinator of the Chancellor’s Office and senior Ministry officials had participated.

Is this credible? Obviously, if the new rulers in Ukraine hired these mercenaries they must have had U.S. government approval. Or maybe the State Department hired them. People who will openly instigate a coup against a democratically elected government are capable of just about anything.

The story may not be true, but it is all too plausible. We will have to wait for confirmation or denial.