WASHINGTON – The US says it exchanged information with Ukraine on the whereabouts of the Russian missile cruiser Moskva before the attack that sank the warship, an incident that was a high-profile failure for the Russian military.
A US official said Thursday that Ukraine alone decided to attack and sink the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet with its own anti-ship missiles. But in light of Russian attacks on Ukraine’s coast from the sea, the US has provided “a body of information” containing locations of these ships, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly and who spoke on condition of anonymity .
The Biden administration has increased intelligence-sharing with Ukraine, alongside supplying arms and missiles, to help it repel the Russian invasion. The disclosure of US support for the Moscow strike comes as the White House is pressured by Republicans to do more to support the Ukrainian resistance and as polls suggest Americans question whether President Joe Biden is tough is enough towards Russia.
Since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion in February, the White House has tried to strike a balance between supporting Ukraine, a democratic ally, and not doing anything that would encourage direct war between Putin and US allies and NATO seems to provoke. As the war rages on, the White House has increased its military and intelligence support and lifted some time and geographic limits on what it tells Ukraine about potential Russian targets.
The official speaking Thursday said the US was unaware that Ukraine planned to attack the Moscow River until they conducted the operation. NBC News first reported America’s role in the ship’s sinking.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said earlier Thursday, following a New York Times report on the US role in assisting Ukraine’s assassination of Russian generals, that US authorities “are not providing any information on the whereabouts of senior military leaders on the battlefield or in contact with them.” the Ukrainian military participate in the target decisions.”
“Ukraine combines information that we and other partners provide with the information that they collect themselves, and then they make their own decisions and take their own actions,” Kirby said.
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