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“US helped Ukraine sink Russian warship Moskva”

The US reportedly provided information that helped Ukraine sink the Russian ship Moskva in mid-April

The US reportedly provided intelligence that helped Ukraine sink Russia’s Moskva ship in mid-April (Images: Res/AP)

The US reportedly provided Ukraine with information that helped it attack and sink Russia’s prized Moskva warship.

American intelligence agencies targeting the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in mid-April are part of the Biden administration’s covert effort to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukrainian forces, US officials told the New York Times.

It signals that the government is easing its own restrictions on how much it helps Ukraine repel Russian invasion.

Two senior US officials said that Ukraine itself had received data on the Moscow River attack and that the information had only been confirmed by Americans. However, other officials told the newspaper that US intelligence played a significant role in the warship’s crash.

The Moscow River sank on April 14 after two Ukrainian Neptun anti-ship missiles hit it, US officials previously said. The ship was carrying 510 people, and Russia suffered significant casualties, the exact number of which US officials do not know.

Ukrainian forces asked the US about a ship in the Black Sea south of the port city of Odessa. The US identified the ship as the Moscow River and helped confirm its location so Ukraine could target it, US officials told NBC News on Thursday.

Officials added that the US was not involved in Ukraine’s decision to launch missiles at the Moscow River and was not aware of the targeted attack in advance. The US has provided maritime intelligence to Ukraine to help it defend against Russian attacks, they said.

After the sinking, Ukraine and Russia offered conflicting accounts of the incident. Ukraine said it hit the Moskva River with two Neptun missiles about 60 miles off the Odessa coast. Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that a fire on board the ship detonated ammunition.

Before she sank, the Moskva made headlines when she threatened to bomb Snake Island, and a Ukrainian soldier was recorded saying, “Fuck off, Russian warship.”

Ukraine’s strike demonstrated the sovereign country’s ability to use agile tactics to deter Russia’s encroachment.

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