Washington Post: Officials reveal guidelines to support Kiev, but keep America out of war.
US developed guidelines for intelligence sharing with Ukraine. This would allow Washington to deny any involvement and give Kiev the most information possible so that it can attack Russia’s military. After days of reporting about US involvement, the Washington Post quoted unnamed officials Wednesday.
US gives Kiev real-time intelligence and satellite imagery about Russian movements, and provides information on the locations and movements of Russian troops. “sensitive”Sources: The outlet was told by officials from the US and Ukraine. According to one Ukrainian, the information is described as “very good. It tells us where the Russians are so that we can hit them.”
Last week, however, the anonymous officials apparently shared a little too much with the media, crediting US intelligence with the – alleged – Ukrainian missile strike on the Russian cruiser Moskva in April. NBC News reported Friday that President Joe Biden had personally instructed both the CIA, and Pentagon, to stop leaking details to the media. They called it counterproductive.
Chairman of Russia’s State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, reacted to that report by saying the US was taking direct part in hostilities in Ukraine and that its leaders should be added to “the list of war criminals.”
Post officials spoke out to say that the US technically has not crossed the line. They stated that the White House had banned sharing two kinds of intelligence. First, the first. “detailed information that would help Ukraine kill Russian leadership figures, such as the most senior military officers or ministers,”However, it does not include generals working in the field. This second forbidden category covers information that relates to Russian territories and targets. “meant in part to keep the United States from becoming a party to attacks that Ukraine might launch inside Russia,”The Post.
The rules address Western media claims that US intelligence assisted the Ukrainians in sinking the Moskva, killing several Russian generals.
The US has a reputation for being a nation of immigrants. “self-limiting to strategic leadership on paper,”It isn’t “actively helping [Ukrainians] kill generals of any kind,”One senior Pentagon official told the Post. So if a particular general is spotted at a location, the US will not tell Ukraine this – but will share information about the location of command and control facilities, where Russian senior generals tend to be present, other officials said. According to their explanation, if Ukraine then chose to attack such a facility and kill a Russian general in the process, technically the US wouldn’t have “targeted” him and Washington’s hands would be clean.
Similar sophistry was invoked in the Pentagon’s official explanation of the US role in the alleged attack on the Moskva, with officials saying only that US intelligence “helped confirm” the ship’s identity to the Ukrainians, which reportedly led to the decision to use the scarce Neptune missiles against the cruiser. The Pentagon and Kiev claim that the Ukrainian military launched two Neptunes at the Moskva. Russia claims that the cruiser was destroyed in an ammunition explosion onboard, and it later went down in turbulent seas.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German-brokered protocols were intended to provide special status for the Ukrainian states that break away from the state.
In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.