A bombshell report released by the New York Times on Sunday revealed that the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) created twelve secret state-of-the-art spy centers in Ukraine along the Russian border. The report also found that the CIA has been directly helping Ukraine fire upon Russians and engage in defensive measures since the start of the war.

The program that built the spy centers has existed for at least ten years, long before the Russian invasion, and was developed by the administrations of three different presidents. The CIA appears to be the main backer.

The centers take the form of underground bunkers, where Ukrainian analysts monitor Russian aircraft and wiretap communications among Russian leadership. The CIA and other members of the US Intelligence Community (IC), which includes 17 government agencies, have been supplying intelligence to Ukrainian forces since the war began. They even helped them carry out targeted missile strikes.

When the Times reporters asked if the CIA was involved, General Serhii Dvoretskiy replied, “one hundred and ten percent.”

“The intelligence partnership between Washington and Kyiv is a linchpin of Ukraine’s ability to defend itself,” the reporters wrote.

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The program has done more than anything else to turn Ukraine into an ally of the Washington elite, as its intelligence agencies were formerly understood to be owned and operated by Russia. Ukraine first made overtures to US intelligence in 2014 when they helped prove that Russia was involved in shooting down a passenger jet, the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Ukraine also proved loyal to the intelligence community in Russia Gate, the so-called deep state’s adversarial campaign against President Donald Trump—or, as the Times puts it, “helped the Americans go after the Russian operatives who meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

The report claims that, in 2016, the CIA directly trained Ukrainian commandos to reverse-engineer Russian drones and trained Ukrainian spies to infiltrate various sectors in Russia, Europe, and Cuba.

“Without [CIA], there would have been no way for us to resist the Russians, or to beat them,” said former head of Ukrainian domestic intelligence agency Ivan Bakanov.

Shane Devine is a writer covering politics, economics, and culture for Valuetainment. Follow Shane on X (Twitter).

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