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Blackwater Legacy: American mercenaries from Iraq and Afghanistan are invited to Ukraine

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Blackwater Legacy: American mercenaries from Iraq and Afghanistan are invited to Ukraine

Ukrainian oligarchs Igor Kolomoisky and Sergei Taruta offered Kiev to involve the private company Greystone Ltd. to solve the internal problems of Ukraine, ITAR-TASS reported. At one time, this company originated as a division of Blackwater - an American mercenary corporation, the infamous cruelty of its employees and many crimes. According to experts, the services of mercenaries can be used in the political struggle.


Official data
Greystone reports that the company was founded in 2004 as a division of Xe Services. According to official data, “the company is engaged in providing aviation funds, as well as the supply of security services and staff training. "

“Our goal is to help your business. We work closely with you to meet your needs, ”concisely the website of a company registered in Barbados.

Dark Affairs Blackwater
Xe Services is another name for the American corporation of mercenaries Blackwater. This corporation began with a small training ground in North Carolina. The founder of the company, the former "fur seal" Eric Prince bought from the local farmers the area of ​​the swamp, where he created a private training camp. The first success came to Blackwater in 2000 year. After the attack of al-Qaeda militants on the American destroyer Cole Prince and his partners, they received a contract for training sailors.

The presence of special services veterans in the Blackwater ranks greatly facilitated the interaction between the company and the main customer. During the presidency of George W. Bush The company has become one of the largest partners of the Pentagon in Iraq and Afghanistan. To carry out particularly difficult tasks in Blackwater, they hired representatives of the “second” and “third” world - Filipinos, Bosnians and even natives of the faraway island of Fiji.

In Iraq, the actions of Blackwater attracted the attention of law enforcement. In September 2007, private army officers shot more than 17 people on the streets of the Iraqi capital who allegedly prevented the movement of the motorcade with American diplomats. Another scandalous incident was the shooting of a Blackwater employee of the security guard of the vice-president of Iraq. The company's actions also hit the spotlight in the media thanks to numerous reports of atrocities by the US military in the United States.

The head of the company - Eric Prince - was in a difficult position. He tried to take the company out of the strike, which received large payments from the US budget, reaching up to 300 million dollars. However, he was unable to avoid accusations. In 2007, Prince appeared before the US Senate Commission. In February 2009, he renamed the company to Xe Services (this name appears on the Greystone website). This did not save the former Blackwater from legal proceedings, and in August 2010, the company paid the US budget 42 a million dollars for pre-trial settlement of the case. In 2009, Eric Prince left the post of director of Xe Services, and then with the family left the United States.

Fight against democracy
Greystone could have been created in the 2010 year to "relieve responsibility," writes The Nation correspondent for the American magazine, Jeremy Scahill. According to him, the founder of Greystone could be all the same Prince. The company was originally founded in order to transfer to it all the responsibility in the event of any trouble for Prinz or his people in Iraq.

In November, 2010, the founder of Blackwater, emigrated to Abu Dhabi, reports Men's Journal. He said that journalists spoiled his plans, but noted that he was open to new proposals. They were not long in coming. In 2011, The New York Times reporters found that Prince didn’t retire, but was involved in working with mercenaries in the UAE.

According to the newspaper, Sheikh Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed en-Nahayan allegedly used Eric Prince’s advice when forming a battalion of 800 foreigners. “Such troops could have been used in the Emirates if the authorities had to face democratic protests,” the American newspaper notes. The article talked about the possible participation in the battalion of mercenaries from South Africa who were engaged in the suppression of mass unrest on the continent.

In a special note to the article The New York Times stipulates that Prince did not receive a contract for the formation of a battalion from the sheikh, but merely engaged in “observing the work and recruiting” for the sheikh's unit. The commentary also states that the founder of Blackwater is not directly related to the company that received the order to create the battalion from the sheikh.

Greystone Projects
According to official Greystone data, one of the company's offices is located in Abu Dhabi. The site of the company does not report the finished projects in the Gulf countries, however, one of the subsections of the site says that it trained 68 pilots, 29 crew members and 46 aircraft maintenance specialists "in the Middle East". In addition, the company has trained 700 employees in 10 countries, noted in Greystone. Countries and specific operations are not called.

Company website is not updated very often. The latest official report is dated 2012 year, when the company in particular engaged in the provision of security services in "Eurasia". In the text itself news it is reported that we are talking about the Caucasus. According to the search services, since 2012, the company (or its creator) has tried to carefully avoid media attention.

At the same time, Eric Prins was working to improve his image. He appeared before reporters in the fall of 2013, to talk about his book “Warriors in Civil”, in which he tried to justify the affairs of the Blackwater corporation. In an ABC interview, he even publicly regretted having worked with the US Department of Defense.

Cases in Ukraine
Member of the association of the antiterror group "Alpha" and reserve lieutenant colonel Andrei Popov reminds that Greystone Ltd. "Worked" with the Americans in Iraq. “They interact with the US special services. Those tasks for which the US intelligence services can not give a specific resolution and do not want to advertise their involvement - they assign such private armies to this, ”the expert noted.

According to the expert, Greystone uses professionals. “The main contingent is former special forces or special services, specialists in the region,” said Popov. “They can also provide support functions - intelligence, information transfer, provision of arriving groups,” said the special forces veteran.

According to Popov, Greystone will fulfill the orders of his “chefs”. “They will defend the interests of representatives of the West. Officially, they arrived by agreement with those persons who are now at the leadership of the country. They will provide special events to localize opponents of the government. They will not participate in security actions during mass events, ”the special forces veteran emphasized.

Power tool
The chief editor of the magazine “National Defense”, Igor Korotchenko, believes that the Ukrainian leadership can use the services of private companies to perform delicate tasks.

“Firstly, today there are no power tools in Ukraine to restore order. Secondly, it is necessary to suppress political opponents and to beat down the heat of protest sentiments of the Russian-speaking population in the south-east of Ukraine. Therefore, private military companies are invited - these are professionals who are able to carry out reconnaissance and sabotage actions, if necessary political assassinations, ”the expert noted.

“They work for money. In America, the most qualified private military companies are affiliated with the Pentagon and the CIA. They are formed from professionals - from officers of the special services and the armed forces. Given the involvement of the Americans, the invitation to the American company looks quite logical from the point of view of the Kiev regime, ”Korotchenko emphasized.
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  1. domokl
    domokl 27 March 2014 09: 49
    +16
    A piece of American rubles per day to a soldier and, accordingly, higher to commanders ... All in all, for a rich Ukraine ...
    By the way, we don’t have to work ... In Ukraine, there are already employees of this company ... They have been operating for almost a month, not really hiding ...
    1. platitsyn70
      platitsyn70 27 March 2014 09: 57
      +1
      soon when the work for them ends or they suddenly think that they need more than just hiring, they will take over some kind of state and look at the United States how they manage them, an example is benladen.
      1. domokl
        domokl 27 March 2014 10: 06
        +3
        Quote: platitsyn70
        they will seize some kind of state and look at the usa how they manage them, an example of benladen.

        In fact, Americans very competently use this company for their own purposes. Most importantly, the laws do not apply to mercenary actions. They are mercenaries, not soldiers.
        And the very same Marine sergeant who became a billionaire by founding this company is well controlled. You won’t run away from money. And now it’s these people who care about the American (Ukrainians believe that the Ukrainian) GTS. Yes, and they are also in the oligarch’s personal mini-armies. ..
    2. Alekseev
      Alekseev 27 March 2014 10: 10
      +2
      An attempt to protect themselves and their money by foreign mercenaries.
      And this is not at all new in the history of this world.
      The medicine is only partial, private security guards did not save anyone from the wave of popular indignation.
      Again, it all depends on the Ukrainian people. Either humbly work under the supervision of armed foreigners and feed the fascist nationalists, or throw off all this bastard.
      In the meantime ... I looked yesterday at the funeral of the Bandery banderlog. So there were more people there than some rallies against the Bandera junta. Not good... No.
    3. fzr1000
      fzr1000 27 March 2014 10: 30
      +1
      Well, mercenaries are not left alive after interrogation. So - welkam.
    4. avg
      avg 27 March 2014 10: 52
      +1
      Quote: domokl
      .In Ukraine, there are already employees of this company ... They have been operating for almost a month, not really hiding

      But so far no one has been heard about their participation in any operation. If such cases are confirmed, then they, together with the oligarchs who hired them, can receive in full. Our people, even the former ones, do not really like the intervention of foreigners in their internal squabbles.
      1. inkass_98
        inkass_98 27 March 2014 11: 39
        0
        Quote: avg
        But so far no one has been heard about their participation in any operation.

        Why can't you hear it? There is an opinion that they overwhelmed Bily, and the "Falcon" was only an official cover ...
  2. polly
    polly 27 March 2014 09: 49
    +7
    The snake got scared of its tail, so bite it, bite! Give Greystone Ltd. against Yarosh! good
    1. infinite silence ...
      infinite silence ... 27 March 2014 10: 12
      +8
      Against Yarosh? ... They are hired against the East !!!!!!!!!!
      There already people do not have the right to openly talk about their attitude to the situation! The oligarchs realized that on their own they could no longer cope with the East!
      Enterprises that were oriented toward Russia began to shut down all over ...
      Yesterday I was talking on the phone, my friend’s husband, having come to work, found out that the enterprise was closed, EVERYONE FIRED! Many enterprises dismissed people into free ...
      This is just the beginning. If earlier the rallies were peaceful, now, for their jobs, the people will begin to tear the throats of all those responsible.
      This is what was to be avoided. But not with their mind.
      1. Alekseev
        Alekseev 27 March 2014 15: 09
        +1
        Quote: infinite silence ...
        Enterprises that were oriented toward Russia began to shut down all over.

        Quote: infinite silence ...
        If earlier the rallies were peaceful, now, for their jobs, the people will begin to tear the throats of all those responsible.

        And what, one of the employees of these same enterprises was hoping for a happy end under the wise leadership of the Banderlozha leaders?
        Throats will begin to tear? It's good. Need to help.
        1. infinite silence ...
          infinite silence ... 27 March 2014 15: 41
          0
          Throats will begin to tear? It's good. Need to help.


          If there is no alternative force capable of resolving anything peacefully ... Apparently, it has appeared. In particular, the ex-commander of the Alpha unit Alexander Khodakovsky ... But. Provided that this is not the SBU (and there are doubts about this)
          But I VERY would like to believe that the continuation of the chess game.
  3. Samaritan
    Samaritan 27 March 2014 09: 50
    +6
    ... Of course, they forgot to ask the Ukrainian people if they want to see Americans on their land ?!
    1. infinite silence ...
      infinite silence ... 27 March 2014 11: 04
      +3
      Quote: Samaritan
      forgotten to ask the Ukrainian people


      But did they ask something at all? ... It feels like they live like in that song: ... I drink it myself, I go for a walk ...
      Who are the people to them?))) Briefcase, Feeding trough, Trough ... And it is desirable that there is a sign - Made in USA on all these items. Top desired.
      1. Samaritan
        Samaritan 27 March 2014 13: 03
        +1
        I think the next step will be
  4. svp67
    svp67 27 March 2014 09: 51
    +1
    There is information that now they collect all the Russian-speaking employees of such agencies and they are offered to go to "work" in Ukraine ... By and large, these are excellent professionals, still of the Soviet school, but with a moral aspect - a lot ?????
  5. Gagarin
    Gagarin 27 March 2014 09: 52
    +7
    If they really come and start their work ...
    Two weeks later, at the Kharkov flea market, their uniforms will start selling ... darned.
    1. domokl
      domokl 27 March 2014 10: 09
      +2
      And you will not be too lazy and take a ride to the nearest pumping station on the GTS ... In many countries of the world they hoped to sell their property, the kingdom to them heaven ...
      1. fzr1000
        fzr1000 27 March 2014 10: 39
        0
        Are they all Duncans MacLeods?
    2. Deniska
      Deniska 27 March 2014 10: 09
      +3
      If they really come and start their work ...
      Two weeks later, at the Kharkov flea market, their uniforms will start selling ... darned.

      I am afraid that there will be a slightly different outcome ...
    3. baltika-18
      baltika-18 27 March 2014 10: 20
      +3
      Quote: Gagarin
      Two weeks later, at the Kharkov flea market, their uniforms will start selling ... darned.
      You underestimate the danger. They are pros. And the same pros can pose a danger to them. So here I am on the side of Domocles
      Quote: domokl
      In many countries of the world they hoped to sell their property, the kingdom of heaven to them ...
  6. Vtel
    Vtel 27 March 2014 09: 53
    +1
    According to Popov, Greystone will fulfill the orders of its “chefs”. “They will defend the interests of Western representatives.


    The musician didn’t play for a long time ... Who’s next - if they are on whom to train - to clean the wrong sector.
    1. thrower
      thrower 27 March 2014 10: 04
      0
      They didn’t play the music, as it was clumsy everything was done there, these pros, they wouldn't have run such a fat 25 meter.
  7. Mihail177
    Mihail177 27 March 2014 09: 53
    +3
    Well, yes, Americans still want to fight on Slavic lands! This is not all kinds of Arabia to you. Where are they going to bury their blues?
    1. thrower
      thrower 27 March 2014 10: 04
      0
      At sea, where else))
      1. Vladimir73
        Vladimir73 27 March 2014 10: 07
        +1
        Gobies and flounder will be tasty, fatty ... and many, many ... you look and that's enough for the winter
  8. Sibiryak13
    Sibiryak13 27 March 2014 09: 54
    +2
    You might think they care about the people. For them, this is biomass, one of the tools.
  9. Rubmolot
    Rubmolot 27 March 2014 09: 55
    +6
    Not sure what a "democratic vote" looks like? Like this!
  10. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 27 March 2014 09: 59
    +7
    All Ukraine took off and ordered mercenaries. They will completely democratize her!
    1. 0255
      0255 27 March 2014 13: 39
      +1
      Quote: Uncle Lee
      All Ukraine took off and ordered mercenaries. They will completely democratize her!

      Like this?

      Maydanuty want to be in the place of these unfortunate Iraqis?
  11. Vladimir73
    Vladimir73 27 March 2014 10: 04
    +1
    If these mercenaries have time to get out of the Ukraine to a safe place if they get steeped? This is not Iraq, not Afghanistan ... request
    1. mamont5
      mamont5 27 March 2014 10: 13
      +3
      Quote: Vladimir73
      If these mercenaries have time to get out of the Ukraine to a safe place if they get steeped? This is not Iraq, not Afghanistan ...

      They will retreat to Poland or Romania. If you have time, of course.
      1. Vladimir73
        Vladimir73 27 March 2014 10: 36
        +1
        That's it - if they have time. And even if they’re dirty, we’ll have to run further from Poland ... and quickly - quickly
  12. emeldos2
    emeldos2 27 March 2014 10: 09
    +2
    I think that there are specialists in Ukraine who just crush these pros like puppies. Resistance Will In Ukraine. Former Avgans Gather And Spank Private Traders of this Company and leave with Great Losses, This is not for them to fight against the Natives)))
    1. Kuvabatake
      Kuvabatake 27 March 2014 10: 59
      0
      As I understand it, in Ukraine it is not so simple with the Afghans ... sad
  13. awg75
    awg75 27 March 2014 10: 11
    +3
    these guys will not take fat ...
  14. DAYMAN
    DAYMAN 27 March 2014 10: 17
    +2
    I hope the mercenaries insured their life ??? laughing
    1. brainkiller
      brainkiller 27 March 2014 10: 29
      +3
      they are not fools to openly confront the troops. Most of them are instructors whose task is to teach combat in the shortest possible time. As for the special operations, I do not exclude that the SBU of the current formation is covering up all these "guest workers" with its crust.
  15. mountain
    mountain 27 March 2014 10: 18
    0
    Why take time, what mercenaries, invite polite people. Or others will invite them, and the result is known to everyone.
  16. shelva
    shelva 27 March 2014 10: 28
    +3
    They do not have enough amateur scumbags, they need imported scumbags - professionals.
  17. shades
    shades 27 March 2014 10: 33
    +4
    I think these guys are very substituted. It is a sin and not right for Russians and Ukrainians to kill each other. But kicking together those who are flying is a nice thing.
    And it’s kind of like they fought and stuffed their faces to a foreigner and all of them are alive.
  18. sidprokaznik
    sidprokaznik 27 March 2014 10: 36
    +4
    There is only one way to discourage people who are not heavily burdened with moral principles, to come to a foreign land in order to earn money on other people's lives. It is to ensure their regular non-return.
  19. Burmistr
    Burmistr 27 March 2014 10: 37
    0
    And who will pay them for lyuli, which they may well rake in?
    Budget or oligarchs?
  20. both s69
    both s69 27 March 2014 10: 39
    +6
    Now I will say bad words: the muzzle of a Jew - Kolomoisky and others like him - has it really "lost (and) the coast"?!? Maybe it is worth our "polite people" to help him (them) "wipe their little piggy eyes" so that this (and) miscarriage (and) of the Jewish race will understand (and), finally, WHOM does he (and) grease (s) with his similar kind recommendations and tricks? ..
    Gesheft is working out his!?! Let him stomp into his Tel Aviv and there let him try to "take his percentage off the stupid goyim."
    Shit in the same trough, from which he himself slurps. Pigs don't even do that !!!
    U.best, forgive me, Lord! I apologize for the emotionality. I could not restrain myself. Anger rolled up his throat. angry negative
  21. Coffee_time
    Coffee_time 27 March 2014 11: 02
    +1
    In my personal opinion, for their crimes in Ukraine against residents and for the money of oligarchs, PMCs will find eternal refuge in this country or they will wash themselves off.
  22. Weniamin
    Weniamin 27 March 2014 11: 04
    +1
    But they are in vain.
    1. both s69
      both s69 27 March 2014 11: 45
      0
      Quote: Weniamin
      But they are in vain.


      They are with all their utterly beloved guts bodily must understand that "they are in vain" ...
      In words, probably, you won’t help here ... hi
  23. brainkiller
    brainkiller 27 March 2014 11: 11
    +1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mSXj_MqpUo&feature=youtu.be

    they have been there since Maidan
  24. Dikson
    Dikson 27 March 2014 15: 45
    0
    But these guys can easily brew a civil war in Ukraine. And the most professional diversions ... This is not for you banderlogs with fittings. What the order will be, they will do it, not paying attention to moral and ethical nuances. And you don’t throw such slippers for sure ...
  25. alynin
    alynin 27 March 2014 17: 20
    0
    President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, ousted from power by the Rada, who, according to some sources, had heart surgery early last week, is preparing a military invasion of his country. This, as "Versiya" writes, he will announce on TV this week.

    According to the sources of the publication surrounded by Yanukovych, in his speech he will announce the beginning of the military operation to restore order in the country. The ex-Minister of Defense Pavel Lebedev, who all the time remained close to the ousted president, will help him in this.

    Also, about 30 thousand people from the regional self-defense forces can take part in the intervention. According to the newspaper, these people are armed with automatic weapons and equipped with the latest military technology, "they are financed by some" oligarchs from the southeast "of the country.

    Note that last weekend in several cities of Ukraine, meetings were held in support of Yanukovych. Protesters in Lugansk, Donetsk and Kharkov carried placards in their hands urging the head of state to return.