Former U.S. officials said the Biden administration needed to “silence” information sharing with Ukraine.
This was after the NYT reported that US intelligence was helping Ukraine kill a Russian general.
Veteran diplomats said discussing the information used for the target would strengthen Putin’s promotion that Russia was a victim.
Former U.S. officials and diplomats have recently criticized the Biden administration. New York Times Report It is based on a conversation with senior officials who said US intelligence was helping Ukraine kill a Russian general.
“Shut up about it,” said John Cypher, a former CIA officer who worked in Russia. Tweet Times report.
Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul in a tweet replying to Cipher Said“That’s right. No one should be talking to report on such a thing.”
In a similar tone, former US diplomat Aaron David Miller Tweet “Overall change in tone” following Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin Visit to Ukraine “I’m curious”.
“We’re talking about @NYT about weakening Russia, winning, and now killing Russian generals. Why can’t we just shut up?” Miller said.
The information sharing report by NYT and NBC News shows that the U.S. has shared highly accurate information such as high-resolution images and radar and radio transmissions that the Ukrainian military can use to plan strikes. Suggested. The NYT reported that “the White House finds some value in warning Russia that Ukraine has the weight of the United States and the NATO behind it,” but the Pentagon has told Ukraine that Russia. He did not provide a place for the general of Ukraine and claimed to have no role. In Ukraine’s decision on where to attack.
Austin after a trip to Kieu last month I told reporters“We want Russia to be weakened to the point where it cannot do what it did in the invasion of Ukraine.”
Austin’s candid comments came weeks after President Joe Biden was accused of demanding a change in Russia’s regime after Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said he “cannot maintain power.” The White House scrambled to clarify Biden’s remarks, State“The president’s allegation was that Putin was not allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or regions. He was not discussing Putin’s power or the change of power in Russia.”
Following Austin’s comment, a spokesperson for the National Security Council The statement to CNN said“We want to beat Ukraine. One of our goals, as Secretary Austin said, was to limit Russia’s ability to do this again. That’s me. That’s why we are arming Ukrainians. “
Following the story of the Bomb Times, Another report from NBC News US intelligence said Ukraine also helped sink Moscow. This is a guided missile cruiser and the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
Richard Haass, a veteran diplomat and chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, said: Tweet “I don’t understand why U.S. authorities are talking about the United States to help Ukraine sink Russian ships and kill their generals,” he said in response to a report on Moscow.
“This confirms Putin’s story that Russia is a victim,” Haas warned, “distracting attention from the reality of Russia’s aggression and its incompetence to Ukraine.”
The Biden administration strongly pushed back the idea of explicitly providing information to Ukraine in order to eliminate certain people and targets.
National Security Council spokesperson Adrian Watson said Wednesday, Times report “Irresponsible” How to do it.
“The United States provides information on the battlefield to help Ukrainians defend their country. We do not provide information intended to kill Russian generals,” Watson added.
Similarly, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday that the United States “will not provide information on the position of senior military leaders on the battlefield or participate in Ukrainian military targeting.”
Kirby said in a statement that the United States did not provide Ukraine with “specific targeting information for Moscow,” according to the NBC.
“We were not involved in the decision by the Ukrainians to attack the ship or the operations they undertook,” Kirby added. “There was no prior knowledge of Ukraine’s intention to target the ship.” People have their own knowledge. As in this case, the intelligence function to track and target Russian naval vessels. “
The Biden administration said reports on US information sharing were the result of a leak. “Such leaks and stories like this do not help Ukraine in their efforts to help protect themselves,” Kirby told CNN on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov seems to have wiped out reports of US intelligence with Ukraine.
Peskov told reporters Thursday that the Russian army “is well aware that the United States, Britain and NATO as a whole are constantly sending information and other parameters to the Ukrainian army.” Reuters reported.
Peskoff said information sharing combined with the weapons the West has given to Ukraine “does not contribute to the swift completion of the Russian war.” But he added that it would not interfere with Russia’s ability to reach its goals in Ukraine.
Contrary to Peskoff’s claim along Moscow’s rosy propaganda about the war, Russian troops have struggled to make great profits in Ukraine since Putin ordered an invasion in late February. Russia is estimated to have lost up to 15,000 troops. After failing to rob Kyiv, Russia turned its attention to the eastern Donbus region.
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