A new low. Even worse than Victoria Nuland and her Maidan cookies
General Ben Hodges, Chief of the US Army in Europe, awarded US army medals to Ukrainian soldiers in Kiev's Central Military Hospital on January 22.
The General said the medal is "a symbol of the US army in Europe" and is given "for excellence". Interesting choice of words.
And actually these coins are not even medals, they are unit coins for a coin challenge. The coins are the "NEW U.S. Army Europe - Sword of Freedom Challenge Coin. 60335." priced at $8.79 from ebay. In description of the coin it is stated: "This coin pays tribute to the tireless commitment and outstanding dedication to duty demonstrated by every member of U.S. Army Europe."
The general finished his visit by thanking the soldiers for their service.
Does this even need comment? This is more patronizing and degrading than Victoria Nuland with her Maidan cookies.
These Ukrainian soldiers are mostly lower class folks who are dying for Western ambitions in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Once there's no use for them anymore, they will be forgotten. But at least they'll have a US Army challenge coin?