US “AID” From Within Donbass

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


In the Hollywood movie “Bulletproof monk” it is said that the best cover-up for Nazis and terrorists are humanitarian missions and organizations. Unfortunately, art often does not exaggerate, but just simply notices the elements of reality.

In a previous publication, we wrote about the activities of espionage Russophobic organization “People in Need” on the territory of Novorossiya. But we have to admit that it is not the only one.

The LDPR territory suddenly evokes strong interest of international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Thus, during Kiev’s aggression against a region that didn’t recognise the armed coup, persistent attempts of arrivals on LDPR territory of many foreign NGOs were noticed, amongst which are:

1. “Danish Refugee Council” (DRC);

2. “International Committee of the Red Cross” (ICRC);

3. “HelpAge international” (HAI);

4. “Norwegian Refugee Council” (NRC);

5. “People in Need” (PiN);

6. “Save the Children International” (SCI);

7. “Adventist Development and Relief Agency in Ukraine” (ADRA);

8. “Handicap International” (HI);

9. “Medecins sans Frontieres” (MSF);

10. “Première Urgence – Aide médicale Internationale” (PU-AMI);

11. “Solidarités International” (SI);

12. The international charitable foundation “Caritas”;

13. “Médecins du Monde” (MDM);

14. International charitable foundation “AICM”.

This is not a complete list (we deliberately did not include the UN institutions and other official organizations), but in general it reflects the structure of international Non-Governmental Organizations that are trying to operate in the territory of Novorossiya.

The main five major NGOs trying to gain a foothold in the territory of the DPR are: “Danish Refugee Council (DRC)”, “HelpAge International (HAI)”, “Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)”, “People in Need (PiN)”, and “Save the Children International”.

Formally their activity is independent in nature from one another and their representatives officially declare the absence of coordination of their activities with parent structures, single control centres etc.

However, for all of them a list and terms of realisation of projects are dictated by the donor clients, and the activities of these NGOs are interrelated, subordinated to the common aims and objectives, and has an interchangeable character.

Not having their own budgets, these organizations perform only those projects that will be financed by their donors. And the main donors to these organizations are always the same government institutions of the USA, the UK, Sweden, Norway, and European Union structures. Let’s be honest – the key sponsors and clients are the US and the UK, namely the US State Department through the “Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance” (OFDA), which operates under the auspices of USAID.

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The appropriate analytical departments of the American government work with the results of operations of these entities, their reporting on the implementation of programs, and also other information they collected.

In its entirety, the financing of NGOs by the US State Department is as follows:


The same principle is used for the financing of NGOs by the UK Department for International Development (UKAID/DFID), Sweden International Development Agency (SIDA), Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), and the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).

So, between NGOs, the American USAID and the British UKAID/DFID,  the “Memorandum of understanding” was signed, according to which, just for the implementation of activities of these organizations £5 million is allocated. The specified Memorandum distributes the powers between NGOs, and the sphere of responsibility and activities is prescribed. Also according to the Memorandum, Danish Refugee Council (DRC) stands out as the leader of the project.

Given this, taking into account the limitation of the activities of these organizations on the territory of the LDPR from the part of the state security bodies, their activity is constantly adjusted in accordance with the current moment.

Thus, as a result of the suspension of the DRC and SCI’s activities on the DPR territory,  a sharp increase of funding and number of employees of PiN, accredited in the Republic, which closed the projects of other NGOs, was recorded.

Thus, regardless of the presence of one or the other organization in the territory of study, their activities, by redirecting funding from one to the other, have an interchangeable character while fulfilling the overall objective.

In the annexes of the Memorandum that landed in our hands, there are recommendations of UKAID/DFID about the need to conceal their sources of funding during the implementation of activities on the DPR/LPR territories (until the removal of the relevant trademarks). Already only this fact on the background of the declared desire of Western organizations to be transparent raises legitimate questions and suspicions.

The presence of large analytical units, founded for coordination of the activities of the organization Ukraine DFID Consortium, which are obviously redundant to provide simple humanitarian programs, arise many more questions. Also, electronic forms of reporting have built-in modules online that link with the office of UKAID/DFID.

In our opinion, most shocking is the fact that according to official data UKAID/DFID provide substantial assistance to the government of Ukraine for the modernisation of the UAF, for practical and methodical assistance for the acquisition of medical skills, logistics, and strengthening the capacity of intelligence. This is directly prohibited by the regulations, not only of this organization but also other “humanitarian” missions, listed in the article.

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Moreover, the website of UKAID/DFID, clearly expresses their position concerning the conflict: “…at the request of the Ukrainian government, we deliver medicines to the UAF while they continue to respond to separatist aggression in Eastern Ukraine”.

Alongside this, the activities of UKAID/DFID and OFDA are only one of the realization mechanisms of political interests of the US and the UK in this conflict. However, as there is a very negative attitude in Novorossiya to USAID, UKAID/DFID (as well as OFDA, SIDA, NORAD), formally USAID was replaced only in the information field as the masking of signs, based solely on considerations of inadequate awareness about their activities and, accordingly, a more neutral relationship to them. Otherwise, they continue to work under the coordination of USAID.

A strategic goal for these organizations is to create and support in the territories of the DPR/LPR (the cover of which is the humanitarian work of NGOs), institutions of “civil society” similar to those created on the territory of Ukraine without any control by the state. And with the successful implementation of these projects the United States will get mechanisms of influence on the governmental policy of the two Republics.

To this end, the functionaries of foreign Non-Governmental Organizations work to engage in humanitarian activities, the growing number of local public organizations, and associations of citizens. In this way, hundreds of people earn a wage from the allocated US State Department funds, and the vast majority of them do not even realize, and under the guidance of their leaders, do not assume in whose real interests they are working for.

The activities of such public organizations in different sectors of State activity (education, medicine, media, science, ecology, etc.) intend to replace and intercept functions of state apparatus, effectively creating a shadow opposition government, ready at the right time (as in the cases of “color revolutions”) to take State power into their own hands in terms of socio-political instability and loss of control in the state on the part of the authorities.

It is exactly in this way the 2014 takeover of power in Ukraine happened, when many positions in bodies of state power after the coup were taken especially by grant-consuming “public figures” who were the driving force behind Euromaidan.

Thus, under the shadow control of USAID are such local public organizations like “Most”, “Dobrota”, “Maximal”, “Phoenix”, “Revival of Donbass”, “South-East” and some others. And what is most telling is that the majority of these public organizations are connected to political forces of Ukraine.

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In the course of such cooperation among the local organizations  the sphere of responsibility are already formed in the following areas: implementation of projects in the field of psychological and legal assistance, educational programs, programs in the medical field, and so on. This creates a web, similar to those established in the Ukraine and in other countries where the US has carried out a “color revolution”.

It is possible to learn from open sources that it is NED that is responsible for the direct formation of the system of civil institutions on the foundations of USAID. NED is building an approximately similar structure of civil institutions in all post-Soviet countries:

1. Structure of human rights activities in the field of human rights, legal support of the action of protests.

2. Structure of controlling the preparation and conducting of election campaigns.

3. Structure of supporting opposition media, the protection of “freedom of speech”.

4. Structure responsible for the formation of international ties and contacts with the oppositional forces.

5. Structure of support for civil initiatives.

The process of creating an integrated system of civil society institutions can be divided into two stages:

1. Preparatory – information gathering, monitoring of environment, assessment of possibilities for implementation of the plan, search, selection, and preliminary training of leaders and organizations from the local population and organizations (this is done with the help of so-called “humanitarian” NGOs).

2. Direct formation of institutions of influence (“civil society”) from the individuals and organizations selected during the preparatory work – this is the responsibility of the direct structures of USAID (NED, IRI, NDI).

Americans everywhere stereotypically act using worn out manuals. And in this way, today, with the help of “humanitarian” NGOs involved in the LDPR territory (as in other countries previously subjected to external control), USAID is conducting preliminary work on the search and selection of suitable grant-consumers, with gradual involvement of the DPR/LPR public in the process of creating mechanisms and external levers of American influence on public authorities.

P.S. This article was written using materials taken from open sources, official websites of listed organizations, their accounts on social networks, from conversations with LDPR residents, which we do not name for objective reasons.

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