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Intel leaks show US success in Ukraine – but come with risks

Biden administration decision to step up aid to Ukraine pays real-world dividends, providing not only weapons battle Russian troops, but also intelligence that helped Ukraine kill amazing room of Russian generals sank the flagship of Moscow in Baltic Sea.

While the USA military and intelligence officials deny any direct involvement in those deadly strikes, this aid has played a decisive role in the recent battlefield successes.

The events highlight the delicate dance that the Biden administration and its NATO allies are undertaking as they step up fight against Russian President Vladimir Putin, trying not to provoke an escalation of reaction from the figure who controls world’s largest nuclear arsenal.

“I think that it’s says that the United States is involved in this war in almost every way other than direct combat against Russians” — Richard Fontaine, CEO of Centre for New American security, said of intelligence sharing with Ukrainians.

At the same time, Fontaine criticized US officials. for talking to media on the contribution of intelligence sharing made Ukraine fight saying that disclosure help fuel false The Russian narrative of the war is linked to NATO expansion and the provocative West.

“Eager to get public credit in Press for helping kill Russian generals and sink Russian ships, I’m afraid that helps this narrative in a way it’s unproductive,” Fontaine said.

Ukraine fought back Russian assault for 70 days and more backed by billions of dollars in weapons of the United States and its allies, including light rocket launchers, assault drones and, more recently heavy artillery like Howitzers and tanks.

Biden administration officials made no secret of sharing battlefield intelligence with Ukrainians, but emphasized that Kyiv responsible for decide what it targets and when.

“We are constantly exchanging intelligence, including information Ukrainians can use inform and develop military answer to invasion”, – the press service of the White House. secretary Jen Psaki said on March, 3rd.

Ukraine repelled Russian attack on Kyiv and inflicted several embarrassing defeats on Moscow, including a blow that sank the Russian warship Moskva. in April. Ukrainian officials also said their forces killed at least half a dozen Russian generals and even more high-ranking Russian military leaders.

BUT series of reports this week showed the extent to which US intelligence sharing has supported these efforts. The New York Times reported that US intelligence helped Ukraine target and kill Russian generals, but noted that officials had said the US forbade itself from providing intelligence “about the most senior Russian leaders”.

The Washington Post and other publications a day later reported that US intelligence also helped Ukraine in shoot down a Russian ship.

The headlines drew immediate rebuke from the administration, which called them misleading, and criticism from foreign affairs and national security experts cited by anonymous U.S. officials in reports undermine battlefield success and support Kremlin propaganda that the West is targeting Russia.

Psaki calls reports about Russian warship Moskva ‘inaccurate’ while chuckling with journalists aboard Air Force One.

” view in that, one is an inaccurate exaggeration of our role and understatement in in role of Ukrainians,” Psaki said, noting that she spoke with President Biden and his national Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

Pentagon Press secretary John Kirby, who previously delivered out statement that the United States did not provide Ukraine with specific targeting information for Moscow, told reporters on On Friday, Kyiv does not notify Washington of its Russian targets.

“We provide them with useful and up-to-date information so they can better defend themselves,” he said. “They are not required to report us how they are going to use that information”.

He added that the United States is not “the only source of intelligence and information Ukrainians,” citing other countries providing intelligence, without naming it specifically, as well as Ukraine’s own intelligence-gathering capabilities.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (R-Calif.) said the Biden administration is balancing need to share with Ukraine needs intelligence without escalating the conflict between the US and Russia.

“We provide real- reconnaissance time to Ukraine for help them to defend themselves. I don’t think the administration wants to go into details about just what or what circumstances,” he told CNN. on Thursday.

James Clapper, former director of Intelligence under the Obama administration noted that, as in the case when the US shares armament with Ukraine, this does not “tie conditional strings”, to which Ukrainians use this intelligence for.

“We are not share This is with them with warnings such as “here are some good we have intelligence confidence in but not use it to help kill generals or sink ships,” he said.

clapper also noted that the Ukrainians have their own intelligence apparatus and information The US will be supplemented by intelligence from other allies, like UK and Poland.

John Herbst, senior director of Eurasian Center of the Atlantic Council and who served as ambassador to Ukraine, called the reports “strange data how concerned [administration officials] they used to talk about Putin’s provocation, now they do it, which, obviously, can be considered a provocation.”

Herbst, who defenders for sending to Ukraine USA-made multiple rocket launchers and Polish MiG fighters, which had been rejected by the administration, said he thought the US could even provide more effective intelligence than observed.

“As far as I understand, we do not provide what I believe we should be, which is continuous real time intelligence about Russian military assets. We provide some but they are short of what I have just said.”

Administration officials stressed that the overall picture of US support Ukraine, including intelligence sharing, is critical. in help to Kyiv back against Russian aggression.

“The most notable line of effort is a weapon,” said Charles Kupchan, senior comrade in the council on foreign relations who served on former President Obama’s National Security Council. But there are other lines of efforts that were very important, including the exchange of intelligence and help with computer security.”

Secretary of Department of Defense Lloyd Austin said the administration’s goal was not just to help Kyiv off Russian forces, but also damage Moscow in ways to prevent such actions of Russian aggression in in future – a message that the administration carefully avoided in earlier stages of conflict.

“We want see Russia weakened to such an extent that she cannot of the things he did in invasion of Ukraine,” Austin said during a visit to Poland. last months and after a visit to Kyiv with high rates.

Congress currently drafting legislation to meet Biden’s demands latest request of $33 billion in additional funding for in fight first of all in the form of weapons, ammunition and increasingly sophisticated weapons systems.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-CA), dismissing rising spending as a mere necessity, said votes on legislation can happen like soon as next week.

“Can we afford it? We can’t afford not to,” she said on Wednesday.

Jordan Williams contributed to this report.

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