The United States fears that Reed’s actions in Ukraine will harm the prisoner exchange with the Russian Federation. Photo: Press Service of Moscow City Court / TASS
The US television channel CNN, citing a source in the administration of US President Jzef Biden, reported that the State Department is very concerned about the story of former Marine Trevor Reed, who was wounded in Ukraine, and is now trying to do everything possible so that it does not affect the negotiations between Washington and Moscow on the exchange of prisoners. In fact, the scandal with Trevor came out noble. Moreover, it is not the first. The 32-year-old former US Marine organizes the second international scandal, in which the US State Department is actively involved for the second time.
The first scandal occurred in 2019, when a retired Marine, who became a student at the University of North Texas School of International Relations, flew to Moscow to, he said, improve his knowledge of the Russian language in the company of a Russian girlfriend, whom he acquired on the Web. 3 months after his arrival in Moscow, he was stopped by a detachment of the PPS of the capital, which arrived at one of the streets of the capital in the call of witnesses of the conflict between a man and two women. Being in the stage of severe intoxication (a medical examination found more than 3 ppm of alcohol in his blood), Trevor first tried to resist the police during the arrest, and then, while in a police car, hit a patrol officer, attacked the driver, which, in turn, judging by the court materials, created an emergency situation on the road. As a result, in July 2020, the brave student was sentenced to a 9-year study of the Russian language in a penal colony, and went to “study” in Mordovia. From where he began to constantly complain that no medical attention was provided to him, that he, they say, would get sick with tuberculosis day by day, if he had not already become ill.
And the U.S. State Department is actively engaged in the work to free him. After baseless statements about the far-fetched accusation, court bias, suspicion of tuberculosis, etc., the American side realized that the only way to release Reed was an exchange, and in April 2022, Reed was exchanged for Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was sentenced in the United States to 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. The exchange took place in the best traditions of spy fighters: American and Russian planes landed at Istanbul airport, stood at the sites next door in the far corner of the airport, and both prisoners were simultaneously taken off the planes and escorted each other. After that, both planes, with a small interval of time, took off and lay down each on their own courses.
The Russian special military operation in Ukraine was already in full swing, the United States was already sending weapons and ammunition to Ukraine step by step, but this did not interfere with the negotiation and exchange process.
Upon arriving in his home states, Trevor for some reason did not resume his studies at his university, but felt an irresistible call to Ukraine. Maybe he wanted to take revenge on the “damn Muscovites”, maybe he wanted to learn the Ukrainian language, or maybe he was just sent to Ukraine, only he knows. But he found himself in Nezalezhnaya and signed a contract with the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
And a few weeks ago it was blown up by a mine. Unlike many wounded Ukrainian soldiers and foreign mercenaries, Trevor was lucky. He was not abandoned on the spot, but evacuated from the battlefield and even taken to a hospital in Kiev. And then the American demanded that he be transported to an American military hospital in Poland or Germany. Kiev refused to do this, reminding Reed that his contract with the Ukrainian Armed Forces had not been completed. And Trevor reactivated the State Department.
Washington was also not initially enthusiastic, but Reed threatened to “go public with his story.” Moreover, it is unlikely that it was only about the story of his injury in the Ukrainian camps. Apparently, the retired Marine could say a lot of blunt things, otherwise it’s hard to explain why Washington backed down so quickly and, acting through a non-profit organization.vile” is a force!) took Trevor Reed to Germany.
Where he is now, in which hospital and with what injuries: officials and non-officials of the US administration do not give any answers to these questions. Only they never tire of repeating that Reed was in Ukraine by private initiative, that he did not represent the United States government there in any way, that the US administration does not tire of warning and deterring its citizens from traveling to Ukraine, especially from participating in hostilities.
And unofficially, the State Department is very alarmed and fears that the story with Reed will play a negative role in the negotiations over the exchange of convicts in US citizens Evan Hershkovich and Paul Whelan. Recall that Whelan, like Reed, a former Marine, also decided to “study Russian in Russia” and was sentenced by the Moscow City Court to 16 years in prison for espionage, but, unlike Trevor Reed, he is serving his sentence in Mordovia in a strict, not general, regime colony. And Evan Gershkovich, who officially worked in Russia as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, was detained in Yekaterinburg and arrested on a court decision on espionage charges. His trial has not yet begun, he is being held in a pre-trial detention centre and, if convicted, could face up to 20 years in prison.
What does the study of the Russian language lead to, huh? Well, yes, at least not at the height of life.
It is noteworthy that as of 2021, there were 17 American citizens in prisons in Russia, but above all, almost forgetting the rest, the State Department was concerned about the fate of a simple student, retired Marine Trevor Reed. And how many American mercenaries are now in Ukraine? Once again, the State Department is showing touching concern for the poor student. And he would have been sitting in a Russian colony, he would have been safe, alive and unharmed.
Of course, based solely on humanistic motives. That’s what we understood. And they even wrote it down in a notebook so as not to forget it.
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