US to give Ukraine intelligence to attack targets in Crimea – media — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union
This policy shift is accompanied by a set of heavy American weapons that will be delivered to Kiev.
The US increased its intervention in Ukraine’s crisis by providing heavier weapons to Kiev. However, the US also decided to give intelligence reports to the Ukrainian forces that would be required to attack Crimea targets, US media reported Wednesday. Russia views the peninsula as part its territory.
“As the conflict evolves, we continue to adjust to ensure that operators have the flexibility to share detailed, timely intelligence with the Ukrainians,”A Wall Street Journal source told The Wall Street Journal that the US intelligence agency had informed them about the new policy.
According to the newspaper, Washington was moving. “significantly expand”Intelligence-sharing with Ukraine “will refrain from providing intelligence that would enable the Ukrainians to strike targets on Russian territory”. New York Times confirmed that the report specifically mentions Crimea in the New York Times’ report.
Moscow doesn’t agree with US classification of Crimea in Ukraine. After the Kiev armed coup, the region splintered from Ukraine and voted to join Russia. Moscow considers Crimea’s status as part of Russia a settled issue.
Russian defense minister said Wednesday that Ukrainian attacks on Russian territories are continuing. This could lead Russia to increase hostilities. Particularly, “decision-making centers”The ministry warns that Kiev may be attacked. Since Moscow’s offensive against Ukraine, there have been several incidents in which Ukrainian forces attacked Russian territory.
The US media said the policy change came in response to Russia’s perceived preparation for a major offensive against a large contingent of Ukrainian troops in the Donbass area. This was tied to Washington’s decision to ramp up arms supplies to Ukraine, the reports said. The Pentagon has revealed a new package worth $800million, which includes helicopters and artillery guns.
According to reports, US officials met with eight executives from American defense companies in order to determine which products might be of benefit for Ukraine.
Russia stated that it will consider all arms shipments to Ukraine legitimate military targets.
The Biden administration previously stated that it didn’t want to drag itself into an open confrontation with Russia. It ruled out deployment of American troops to Ukraine, supplying fighter jets or shooting down Russian aircraft operating in Ukraine, rejecting Kiev’s call to do so.
Russia attacked its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocols, which were negotiated by France and Germany, gave the regions that had broken away special status in the Ukrainian government.
Russia demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and refuse to join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.
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