US expands intel-sharing with Ukraine – media

Washington gives Kiev additional US military intelligence for Russia battle

Avril Haines, US Director for National Intelligence has apparently lifted certain restrictions regarding intelligence-sharing to Ukraine. Bloomberg sources said that Haines had told Bloomberg Wednesday that this was done in order to help Kiev take control of the Donbass republics.

The source claimed Haines told Congress about the expanded intel-sharing after Congressman Mike Turner (R-Ohio), the chief Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, insisted in a classified letter that the Biden administration remove any restrictions on sharing intelligence.

Sources claimed that Haines spoke to Congress about increased intel-sharing. This was after Congressman Mike Turner, R-Ohio, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee (House Intelligence Committee), insisted in classified letters that the Biden administration lift any restrictions on intelligence sharing.

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Turner has long criticized the administration’s backing of Ukraine as insufficiently forceful, arguing for more weapons to be sent to Kiev by claiming this would somehow prevent an “actual direct conflict” between the US and Russia. However, Moscow has called for the US and Europe to stop arming Ukraine, claiming that the growing pile of arms sent Kiev’s way amounts to a proxy war against Russia.

Republicans from the Senate Intelligence Committee had previously urged Haines to “proactively share intelligence with the Ukrainians to help them protect, defend, and retake every inch of Ukraine’s sovereign territory” – a category, they argued, including the Crimea peninsula and the Lugansk and Donetsk republics of Donbass.

Last week, the US reportedly lifted some of its geographic limits on transferring “Actionable Information,” of the sort used in making split-second decisions on the field of battle, allegedly removing language related to specific locations in eastern Ukraine. However, this directive still restricts information on military forces and possible targets crossing the border into Russia or Belarus.

The White House has previously held back on sharing such information “Because that would be a step beyond making us participate in war,” Congressman Adam Smith (D-Washington), who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, said last month. In view of the escalation, which could directly involve NATO and USA in the conflict, the administration refused to grant Volodymyr Zilensky (Ukraine President) the no fly zone that he had requested.

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Some Congress members have been more conservative in their approaches. Turner made a point last month of asking the NATO commander for Europe, General Tod Wolters, if he was “Satisfied” with the speed at which information was reaching Ukraine. 

Wolters replied that he was “Comfortable” but would like to see it “Accelerate,” adding that he would “You can say, “Even if it happens in one second,” I would like it to occur tomorrow within a half second.”



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