By Giovanni Giacalone
The so called "Ukrainian revolution" now has plenty of elements that show the involvement of the West.
In the past weeks Moscow has denounced the presence of 150 American experts belonging to the private military company Greystone Limited supporting Kiev's Interior Ministry troops.
The company is responsible for the training of law enforcement agents and security operations and it normally operates (like all private military / security companies in the U.S.) through contracts with the Pentagon, the U.S. State Department or foreign customers that are approved by the U.S. government.
Greystone is an "offshoot" of PMC Academi, which has replaced the brand "XE Services", well known as its name replaced "Blackwater" in 2009, well known for its military contractors in Iraq.
On March 10th 2014 a paramilitary group wearing uniforms without insignias, but who clearly spoke English and carried Us-made equipment, were spotted in Donetsk helping in the evacuation of officials belonging to the new Ukrainian government by an administrative building of the city, surrounded by a crowd of angry pro-Russian demonstrators.
On that particular occasion, a Russian diplomat told Interfax news agency that 300 U.S. operators of private military companies had arrived at the airport Boryspil in Kiev.
It is very likely that the Donetsk evacuation was carried out in such urgency that there wasn't enough time to change to more anonymous uniforms.
Many believe that foreign military personnel is currently hiding behind Ukrainian uniforms and in connection to such theory an interesting video was recently released on YouTube; it shows a member of the Ukrainian forces, fully armed, speaking in perfect Italian to two Italian journalists, probably two free-lance, during an interview.
THIS IS THE LINK TO THE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GMtBIhpQKY&feature=youtu.be
At the beginning of the video the soldier, or mercenary, says: "We are fascists? No....come on..." and then he goes on explaining the dynamics of the shootout which, according to analysts, occurred in the outskirts of Kramatorsk.
The Italian online newspaper "Diritto di Critica" brought up the case on Friday night and there are several hypothesis regarding the fact.
Some believe that the man could be an Italian volunteer, maybe linked to Italian extreme right groups; others think that he could be a random mercenary belonging to some foreign agency. Although there is also the possibility that he is an Ukrainian who used to live in Italy and has acquired full knowledge of the Italian language.
Some Italian analysts contacted by us still believe that his speaking capabilities are very good and he could very well be Italian, although the issue is still open to all possibilities.
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