An aide to President Zelensky suggested that Western data could be used by the Ukrainian Army to intercept more Russian-missiles
Ukraine’s air defense forces have reason to thank the intelligence that the West is sharing with Kiev, a top official has hinted.
Alexey Arastovich (a key advisor to the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky) stated that seven Russian missiles had been fired at Dnepropetrovsk by their military, but six were intercepted by Ukrainian air defences.
“Three [missiles] were flying toward Ochakov – all three were shot down,” the official added.
When asked whether Western air defense systems were on the ground, Arestovich replied that “There were only a few timely targets and so forth.”
Recent claims by a variety of US media outlets that Washington supplies intelligence data to Kiev have been made.
The Washington Post reported in May that information was shared with Ukraine’s military. It included real-time data on the movement and location of Russian troops, as well as satellite imagery. Unnamed Ukrainian officials described the intelligence at that time as extremely useful.
The New York Times published a report in late June claiming that there was a secret taskforce made up commandos and spymen from the US. Among the network’s supposed objectives was the sharing of satellite images and other intelligence with the Ukrainian military.
In a statement earlier this month, the US Department of Defense stated that two National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System units (NASAMS) would be provided to Kiev. They will be added to the already-delivered man-portable antiaircraft missiles.