Latest Developments in Ukraine · May 19
May 19, 2014 • 9:28AM

The CIA has denied reports of the death of a number of CIA agents allegedly killed in clashes between forces loyal to the Kiev authorities and self-defense units in eastern Ukraine.

Earlier, the People's Mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, announced that at least 650 servicemen were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner in the past 10 days, and that there are 70 foreigners among them. Thirteen agents of the FBI and CIA were killed and 12 others were wounded, Ponomaryov told reporters. On the same day, according to reports from Donetsk by standardnews.com, another group of U.S. mercenaries has landed at the local airport, mercenaries that the `Maidan'-approved government in Kiev is going to use for a mop-up operation in the region.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief of People's Self-Defence of Donbass, Sergei Tsyplakov, claims that 100 "soldiers of fortune" have arrived this time. Judging by U.S. and UK press reports, the overall strength of the ground force that the Kiev-based government will send to the Southeast of Ukraine makes up 1,800. The Blackwater (aka Academi) and Greystone units for large-scale operations normally constitute up to 100 to 300 people. This means that at least six hit squads have already been flown to Ukraine. The soldiers are paid $300 to $1,500 per day. According to the unnamed British press cited by the Voice of Russia, the U.S. pays $8 million a month to have its private armies deployed in Ukraine.

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