US Is Trying To Be ‘Directly Involved’ In Ukraine War – Russia Quips

US Is Trying To Be 'Directly Involved’ In Ukraine War - Russia Quips
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Russia has come out to openly accuse the White House of supplying some targeting information which has been used by Kyiv to conduct long-range missile strikes thereby putting the role of the American intelligence in the war in Ukraine under tight scrutiny.

Russia’s defence ministry had also made some claims that Washington was actually “directly involved” in the war, and had passed on intelligence that had led to the “mass deaths of civilians”.

The United States was responsible for rocket attacks by Kyiv on populated areas in the eastern Donbas and in other regions, it had also revealed.

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“All this undeniably proves that Washington, contrary to White House and Pentagon claims, is directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Biden administration has so far given more than $8bn (£6.55bn) in security assistance to Ukraine since Russia’s February invasion, including an additional $550m tranche unveiled on Monday. But it strongly denies it is a participant in the conflict or is at war with Russia.

The Kremlin’s comments came after an interview given to the Telegraph on Monday by Vadym Skibitsky, Ukraine’s acting deputy head of military intelligence. Skibitsky said the US-made long-range Himars artillery systems had been extremely effective in wiping out Russian fuel and ammunition dumps.  He said excellent satellite imagery and real-time information had helped. He denied US officials were providing direct targeting information. But he acknowledged there was consultation between US and Ukrainian intelligence officials before strikes, so Washington could vet and if necessary veto intended targets.

 

Africa Daily News, New York

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