“Most of this work is done outside of Ukraine, for example, at bases in Germany, France and the UK.

But even though the Biden administration has said it will not send U.S. troops to Ukraine, some CIA officials continue to covertly operate in the country, mostly in the capital, Kyiv, managing much of the vast amount of intelligence that the U.S. shares with Ukrainian forces. ", the newspaper said.

At the same time, several dozen special forces from other NATO countries, including Britain, France, Canada and Lithuania, are also operating on the territory of Ukraine, the author writes.

The presence of such forces in Ukraine “hints at the level of covert efforts” by the West and the risks that Washington and its allies are taking.