I am more impressed with Ukraine on a daily basis. Russia… not so much. As a matter of fact, I am vastly underwhelmed with Russian… anything.
Three Russian GRU teams were arrested in Donbas.
There are two things fairly unique to that statement.
First, the forces arrested were GRU. Not FSB and not SVR. Is this another embarrassment for the clumsy GRU?
The GRU folks were arrested in Donbas, which is Russian occupied territory in East Ukraine. The GRU forces were arrested within their own friendly territory, which means the SBU or a force working with them went behind enemy lines and captured them. Without saying as much, that is the signature of Special Operations forces.
Ukraine said “the raid was carried out by Ukraine’s counterintelligence forces”, which usually indicates the SBU, but I question why the forces weren’t identified as SBU immediately. Are there super-secret squirrel type folks in Ukraine, now? I certainly hope so.
This means Ukraine has developed special operations who are stealthy, professional, and damn good.
Another way of looking at this is a direct comparison. SBU = good. GRU = bad. In other words, not good.
Ukraine says three sabotage groups of Russian military intelligence arrested in Donbas
20 December 2018
The raid was carried out by Ukraine’s counterintelligence forces.
Ukraine’s SBU Security Service has reported on the arrest of three sabotage groups deployed by Russia’s military intelligence in eastern Ukraine.
The SBU press service says the agency will provide details of the operation at a special briefing to be scheduled for the coming days. It is noted that the raid was carried out by Ukraine’s counterintelligence forces.
As reported earlier, the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine warned of Russia and its proxies in Donbas spreading disinformation claiming the Armed Forces of Ukraine were allegedly preparing for an offensive in the Mariupol area, as well as carrying out some manipulations with chemicals.
U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine negotiations Kurt Volker said such claims were aimed at deflecting attention from Russia’s own actions.
“These assertions maybe ways of creating some cover for possible Russian attacks, which I hope don’t occur, but I have to say it’s possible,” said Volker.