US military training of Ukrainian forces on Russia’s backyard is an extension of Washington’s “aggression” against Moscow that began during the Cold War, a geopolitical commentator in Missouri says.
“This is just a continuation of US aggression towards Russia,” said Dean Henderson, an author and columnist at Veterans Today.
“It’ what caused the Cold War, the US was the aggressor all through the Cold War, [it] created the Cold War,” Henderson told Press TV on Monday.
Hundreds of US forces are training Ukrainian troops, a move seen as a major provocation by Moscow, NBC News reported on Sunday.
About 300 US paratroopers are working with more than 700 Ukrainian soldiers in a six-month mission which began in April. The military training will involve three rotations.
The training site is located at Yavoriv in Western Ukraine, about 700 miles away from the front lines in eastern Ukraine.
Ties between Washington and Moscow have reached an all-time low over the crisis in Ukraine, which began after pro-Western forces ousted the country’s president, Viktor Yanukovych, in February 2014 and installed Petro Poroshenko.