About 250 US troops are now in western Ukraine for the purpose of 'training' Kiev's poorly trained, demoralized, and significantly reduced 'reserve' of cannon fodder for US perfidy and belligerence. President Petro "PeePee" Poroshenko had this to say: "My decision, as the commander-in-chief, to build a new quality army, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, is beginning to become a reality with the help of our American partners." Yep, that's right. Until now your army has been anything but 'quality' - evidenced by the fact that both Minsk agreements only came about because your joke of an armed forces got themselves surrounded by the ex-miners and laborers making up the bulk of the militias in Donetsk and Lugansk. In fact, the most effective Ukrainian fighters have been the nationalistic, fascist, Bandera-worshiping nutjobs in the nazi volunteer battalions.

The Americans plan to stay for the next six months, understandably angering the Russians. Who can blame them? While they are constantly, and falsely, accused of sending troops into east Ukraine - and sanctioned based on these false claims, not to mention demonized in the Western press - the U.S. sends troops there, no doubt to prolong the conflict, and no one so much as raises an eyebrow. Oh, America, you 'exceptional nation', you! How dare anyone presume - even if only in your sick, fantasy version of reality - to usurp your monopoly on foreign interference, violent proxy warfare and all-around thuggery.

But Donetsk and Lugansk may not have to worry too much about a revived, "quality" Ukrainian Armed Forces. Just take a look at the quality and level of training they're receiving from the American 'experts':

But when they're not training Ukrainians to "kill more Russians", these troops are apparently doing something genuinely useful and necessary, given conditions in Ukraine: protecting President PeePee from his own troops. At least, that's the conclusion of the representative of the Union of Paratroopers of Russia, Valery Yuriev:
According to him, Poroshenko can not trust the Ukrainian army, therefore, must seek protection from it.

"I think it's just a unit that will provide security for the leadership of the country. This is a combat unit, and no instructors. Personal security of Poroshenko because he has no confidence in his own army," - said Yuryev.

Let me remind you that Poroshenko has already been accused of being guarded by American security, who don't even speak the Ukrainian language.
Makes sense. He needs some protection, especially after legitimizing Yarosh's Right Sector butchers and torturers.

But these clowns may not be the only US troops in Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed a report from ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov that U.S. troops are training Ukrainian forces not only in western Ukraine "as Ukrainian TV channels show, but directly in the combat zone in the area of Mariupol, Severodonetsk, Artyomovsk and Volnovakha". The Pentagon laughably and predictably denied this "ridiculous" claim. (Note for the naive: whenever the Pentagon says something is ridiculous, it isn't - in fact, it's most likely true. When you can't rationally deny something - with evidence and logic - just call it ridiculous.)

Nope, Moscow's claim is just a "ridiculous attempt to shift the focus" from Moscow doing exactly what they're accusing the US of doing, according to Pentagon mouthpiece Eileen Lainez:
"Russia continues to supply lethal weapons, training and command and control support for armed separatists in eastern Ukraine, in blatant violation of Moscow's Minsk commitments and Ukraine's sovereignty."
Yawn. We've heard it all before, Eileen, and it's clear to anyone with a semi-functioning mind that the US is the nation with a track record of supplying, training, and supporting proxy armies all over the world, lying about it, and psychopathically projecting blame on countries they don't like. Buy a new playbook, because the one you're using is old and boring.

But never to let the truth get in the way of a good propaganda opportunity, the US decided they might as well go the road of the 'reverse preventative hyperbole offensive'. Yesterday, the LA Times reported on a stream of psaki harf issuing from the mouth of our favorite US State Department troll, Marie Harf:
Russia has sent arms and drone aircraft into eastern Ukraine and is concentrating troops along the tense border, a buildup that is raising concern about a new escalation in the conflict, the State Department said Wednesday.

The Russians and separatists are conducting increasingly complex training missions that leave "no doubt" that Russian troops are present in eastern Ukraine, despite Moscow's denials, the statement said.

The Russians and their separatist allies "continue to violate the terms" of a cease-fire agreement signed Feb. 15 in Minsk, Belarus, Harf said.

The cease-fire sought to end months of fighting between the Kiev government and the separatists. But the cease-fire has been violated repeatedly, and Western officials are worried that Moscow is planning to again escalate the conflict.
Excuse, Ms. Harf, but you conveniently neglected to mention that it's Kiev doing the violating. Not only did they fail to remove all heavy artillery from the front, they have been sending more, and have continued to shell residential areas.

It's good to keep in mind that the US military machine is built on a foundation of mendacity, murder and money. So the following statement from the DPR defense ministry can't easily be dismissed as 'ridiculous'.