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Veterans of the United States Armed Forces Step in to Help in Ukraine When the Military Won’t

A democratic government came under fire. The United States of America recognised that there was a danger to one of its allies as well as to the status quo of the whole globe, but it worried that deploying soldiers may lead to a nuclear war. Therefore, it chose to provide weapons instead. And at the same time, a discrete group of United States Special Operations trainers began their collaboration with the regional military.

In 1961, when the American presence in South Vietnam consisted of little more than a military “advisory group,” this was the state of affairs. This was a few years before the United States became fully involved in the war in Vietnam.

It is also the circumstance in Ukraine at the present time. In the midst of an ongoing brutal struggle, small teams of American veterans of special operations are providing training to Ukrainian troops along the front lines. In certain instances, these veterans are even assisting in the planning of combat operations.

However, there is a significant difference between the two. Active-duty United States military personnel operating under the direction of the Pentagon served as Vietnam’s instructors. In Ukraine, where the United States has refrained from deploying any soldiers, the trainers are civilians who have volunteered their time and are supporting themselves via internet contributions. They are completely independent.

However, the volunteers are unconcerned with the possibility that their actions may spark a broader battle. Instead, they claim that they are attempting to avert a conflict by providing military training to Ukrainian forces so that they can better oppose the Russians and dissuade future aggression.

In any case, there are American citizens in Ukraine. A number that cannot be determined is now engaged in combat on the front lines. Others choose to help out by becoming trained professionals in the fields of logistics, bomb disposal, expert trainers, and experts in evacuating casualties. According to a non-profit group that helps evacuate Americans, there have been at least 21 injured American soldiers in action since the beginning of the conflict. Two of them have been taken captive, two have been slain, and one of them is still at large.

Mr. Blackburn and a small group of other volunteers work directly with the Ukrainian military to instruct them in marksmanship, manoeuvring, combat first aid, and other fundamental skills. At the same time, the locations of training camps are constantly being moved to avoid being hit by Russian rockets.

There are some volunteers who are interested in working for the Ukrainian military but do not have decades of prior experience. Mr. Blackburn and a number of other veterans who had served in Ukraine reported meeting would-be trainers in Ukraine whose resumes were exaggerated and who, in some instances, had no prior experience in the military at all.

Prior to the outbreak of hostilities, the United States military sent regular groups of uniformed instructors to Ukraine. As soon as Russia began its invasion, the government of Joe Biden withdrew all of its forces. The President has said that the United States would not participate in a third global war in Ukraine.

The President of the United States has promised that the United States would continue to back Ukraine with armaments and has pledged a total of 6.8 billion dollars in aid for the country’s security. Training exercises are being conducted by American soldiers in Poland and Germany for Ukrainian military personnel. In spite of this, President Joe Biden made it quite plain in May that the United States military would not engage in open conflict with the Russians.

However, this endeavour to avoid direct war resulted in the creation of a vacuum at precisely the same time as the need for military training in Ukraine was at an all-time high. And independent contractors and volunteer workers are filling the void.

In the immediate aftermath of the conflict’s outbreak, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, issued a call for worldwide volunteers to assist in the conflict against Russia. Several volunteers have said in interviews that the first Americans to respond to his appeal were often amateur explorers and military misfits yearning for action.

Mr. Milburn served in the United States Marine Corps for a total of 31 years, during which time he held several leadership posts in the Joint Special Operations command of the United States military, including that of commander of the Marine Raider Regiment. He had originally planned to work as a freelance writer in Ukraine, but he said that his plans altered when he saw the Ukrainian military arming inexperienced civilians, such as students, merchants, and other people, with assault guns and sending them out to battle.

According to him, Mozart would be an obvious path through which the United States military might provide assistance; yet, when he attempts to get in touch with American military leaders in Western Europe, via both official communication and back channels, he does not get a response.

But much as in Vietnam, said Mr. Beebe, the United States is now forced to pick between only awful alternatives, attempting to back an ally without antagonising a formidable adversary. This situation is quite similar to what occurred in Vietnam.

The United States seems to have no option but to react to Russia’s escalation of the fight, according to those Americans who are currently serving on the front lines. Both Mr. Milburn and Mr. Blackburn suggested that the United States need to react in a more aggressive manner and that they should deploy more sophisticated weapons with a medium-range. Mr. Blackburn said that he understood the United States’ desire to exercise care, but he believed that it was misguided since exercising caution would only promote Russian aggressiveness.

Chris Matthews
I am a Political News Journalist of The National Era
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