The Pentagon was reportedly aware of impending developments in Ukraine, including US troops not speaking Ukrainian, according to sources.

“We have no Ukrainian-specific linguists. We don’t train Ukrainian,” said Staff Sgt. Bobby Brown, airborne language analyst program manager to the Air Force Times during a visit to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

Military linguists on board Air Force spy aircraft had been monitoring eastern Europe for months as adjacent Russian forces prepared to attack neighboring Ukraine in February. The United States had expressed its support for the second-largest nation in Europe and committed more than $1 billion in military aid.

The Air Force scrambled to recruit personnel who could pass the Pentagon’s Ukrainian language competence test as the predicament around Ukraine’s borders — and subsequently, inside them — became more perilous.