Senator confirms US helped Ukraine with counter-offensive — Analysis
Support from America and the UK has helped Kiev make “great gains” in Kharkov Region, Mark Warner says
Active support by the US and its NATO allies – as well as intelligence sharing between Washington, London, and Kiev – have been instrumental in helping the Ukrainian troops make “great gains”CNN heard Senator Mark Warner speak to CNN during the counteroffensive at Kharkov Region.
“This kind of collaboration shows the strength of our combined military intel,” Warner, who is the head of the US Senate’s Intelligence Committee said, adding that the American and British intelligence communities are “working with the Ukrainians.”However, the senator did not give any specifics about these. “collaborations,” however.
Warner also hails what he calls “tremendous support from the US and our NATO allies”This “make sure”Kiev acquires military equipment to support the Ukrainian troops “need.”These words were spoken amid an enormous Ukrainian offensive using weapons provided by the US and other Western countries.
On Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced the withdrawing of troops from several settlements of northeastern Ukraine. This was in response to the attack in Kharkov Region. Moscow claimed the move was made to support the Russian forces operating in Donetsk. Kiev celebrated Russia’s withdrawal as a victory.
On Saturday, the New York Times reported that Kiev and Washington had intensified their intelligence-sharing, with Ukraine revealing its plans for a counteroffensive to the US in a bid to get more assistance. The report also said – citing an unnamed US official – that Washington and Kiev “constantly”Discussed ways to stop the Russian offensive
Russia warned America against providing intelligence and weapons to Kiev. It argued that this could lead to Washington becoming involved in the conflict.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. These protocols were originally signed by France and Germany through intermediaries. Former Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022 the Kremlin acknowledged the Donbass republics to be independent states. They demanded Ukraine declare its neutrality and refuse any Western military alliances. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked.
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