Child Soldiers, Ukrainian Forces, US Homeland Security

By Graham Phillips

Homeland SecurityI received this email on January 30th. It wasn’t something I was able to assist with, having long had no contact with Ukrainian forces. I publish it now, with name and title removed, as I feel it is in the public interest.

It was sent from an official DHS email account, by person who is exactly as they say.

It shows that there are those working in senior US state positions, unconvinced by what the US state is supporting, conducting investigation into it. Email exactly as sent to me, with personal information removed – if you have any follow-up information, please contact me –

My name is (name removed), and I am a (title removed, senior position) with the US government’s Department of Homeland Security’s Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit. My job is to identify human rights violations and war crimes, and identify those who perpetrate those violations/crimes in order to end impunity.

I realize that you might be skeptical of providing information to the US government – as I know that certain elements within the US government seem bent on supporting groups that are involved in human rights violations and war crimes. It might surprise you to know that actual communication amongst all branches and aspects of any government is rare, and that different branches have different interests. For example, Department of State is interested in policy and diplomacy, whereas Department of Homeland Security is a law-enforcement agency, which attempts to uphold and enforce the law. We don’t always see eye to eye.

The particular sections of law I am interested in upholding, and was hoping for some assistance, are sections that deal with the recruitment and/or use of child soldiers, as well as torture & extrajudicial killing. Any party who has participated in those types of activity is prohibited from receiving any benefit from the US government.

I have been working on collecting information on these types of violations since Maidan. Of course, I monitor your tweets and products, along with many others. I’m sure you have a decent idea of the information that I have been able to collect specific to the various volunteer battalions and the UA military.

I’m sure you’re aware of the BBC article that came out recently that exposed the use of child soldiers by both sides. This was old news to most of us who have been monitoring, however, I have found that this primary exposure by the BBC has garnered some attention, and I hope to expose more.

I think that I have approximately 2MB of articles, youtube videos, photographs, that expose the recruitment and/or use of child soldiers by various fighting elements on the Kiev side. I would like to know if you have personally encountered or seen children under the age of 18, or under the age of 16, serving in ANY capacity within or associated with any type of Ukrainian armed forces or volunteer battalion.

I would like to know if you would be willing to speak with me or provide information regarding this particular aspect of human rights violations and war crimes currently going on in Ukraine.

As I’m sure you can understand, I would rather that this conversation remained between you and I (I took the decision to publish this for the above reasons), as the less Kiev knows about this type of information gathering, the less opportunity they have to try and cover it up.

Please let me know if you are willing to talk.


Homeland Security Investigations

Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit

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