A United States Marine scout-sniper on Saturday shot and killed a Ukrainian diplomat who had been in the U.S. since the start of the Ukraine-Russia conflict and who oversaw a child slavery ring that shipped kidnapped kids to Eastern Europe, a source in Gen. Eric M. Smith’s office told Real Raw News.
Forty-seven-year-old Ivan Kovalenko had come to the U.S. from Kyiv in March 2022, shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a Special Military Operation in Ukraine to hunt down foreign Biolabs and Western-run child trafficking syndicates on Ukrainian soil. A self-proclaimed businessman, Kovalenko held management positions at several textile companies before departing his home turf abruptly. Upon arriving in the U.S., he made a beeline for the Ukrainian Embassy in D.C. and was employed by Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.S., Oksana Markarova.
Our source said that the White Hat partition of the U.S. military took an interest in Kovalenko after President Donald J. Trump namedropped him to Gen. Berger in July. It’s unclear how Trump knew of Kovalenko, but it’s possible he learned of him through Vladimir Putin during the many telephone calls they’ve had since early 2022. Trump reportedly had irrefutable proof that Kovalenko was helming a child trafficking ring by which American children were abducted and sold to pedophiles in Ukraine, Hungary, and Belarus. He gave Gen. Berger the “greenlight” to terminate Kovalenko with extreme prejudice.
Isolating Kovalenko, however, was problematic; Marines assigned to surveil him in August reported that he seldom left the embassy and was surrounded by a throng of armed security when he did. Meanwhile, Gen. Berger learned that Secretary of State Antony Blinken had given Kovalenko the “foreign diplomat” title and granted him diplomatic immunity. Although such protection was meaningless to White Hats — primarily when bestowed on sexual predators — it meant that local law enforcement sympathetic to the White Hat movement were unwilling to help keep tabs on Kovalenko for fear of losing their jobs or worse.
Kovalenko’s reclusiveness and willingness to appear in public only in the company of armed security proved he was no ordinary businessman. He sequestered himself inside the embassy between September and November, not leaving even once.
“We had the embassy watched 24/7, all exits covered. If he somehow got out and in undetected, he was a damn magician. It was like he knew he was being watched, or he was just paranoid. For obvious reasons, we wanted him alone, or at least not with a huge entourage, before making a move,” our source said.
Marine snipers, he added, passed on a chance to put a bullet in Kovalenko’s brain in mid-December. He had appeared from the embassy and got into a limousine with only two bodyguards. They discretely tailed the limo through D.C. south toward Andrew Air Force Base. When the limo turned onto a quiet road just southeast of the D.C.-Maryland border, near Cedar Hills Cemetery, the Marines were moments away from running it off the road and eliminating its occupants. But a sudden rush of oncoming traffic spoiled their plans. The vehicle reached Andrews, where Kovalenko’s diplomatic I.D. got him past security. The Marines figured he boarded a flight but learned later that Kovalenko was awaiting the arrival of an unknown individual who deboarded a U.S. State Department flight from Warsaw, Poland. Kovalenko and his guest never returned to the limo; they boarded a helicopter that flew them directly back to the embassy rooftop.
By January, White Hats had become increasingly frustrated that they hadn’t been able to eliminate Kovalenko, and General Eric Smith, who had just assumed authority over White Hat forces following Gen. Berger’s departure, devised a risky rouse to draw Kovalenko out of hiding. If successful, his idea would prove beyond doubt that Kovalenko was a child predator profiting from selling underage children to the highest bidders.
An undercover Marine contacted Kovalenko, saying he had 35 young boys and girls whom “his people” had abducted from National Parks. He said he had to offload them immediately but wanted a “fair and reasonable” price for children fetching big bucks on the international market. Kovalenko’s greed consumed him, and he took the bait, although he tried to lowball the undercover Marine by offering only $35K for blonde-haired children and $20K for auburn ones. The Marine laughed at the offer, demanding $85K per child because kids were selling for five times that amount on the Eastern European black market. A suspicious Kovalenko, though, asked for pictures of children, a demand that prompted Gen. Smith to ask Marines with young children to submit their photos for consideration. It was a gutsy and calculated move, for Gen. Smith thought Kovalenko wise enough to use Google image search to avoid entrapment. Fifty brave Marines agreed and sent tasteful photographs of their kids to the undercover Marine working to bring Kovalenko down.
When Klain demanded why he’d been pulled over, asking, “Do you know who I am?” the Special Forces lead replied, “I sure do,” and yanked him from the car. The airline ticket in his breast pocket had a departure date for the following day.