US limits intelligence sharing with Ukraine to avoid war with Russia – WP


The United States has imposed limits on intelligence sharing with Ukraine to avoid escalating tensions with Russia, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

The two general prohibitions extend to detailed information that would help Ukraine kill senior Russian military officers and any information that would help Ukraine attack Russian targets outside its borders.

The US also has a rule prohibiting providing “targeted information” about the location of a particular Russian general, WP reported, citing unnamed US and Ukrainian officials.

Legal experts say distinguishing between intelligence sharing and “information targeting” can help the United States demonstrate that it is not a party to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

“If the United States were providing targeting information to a foreign party and we are closely involved in targeting decisions, we are directing those forces and they are acting as a proxy for us,” the former Department of Defense official said. State Scott Anderson.

“That could be seen as coming close to Russia’s actual line of attack, in which case Russia could arguably respond reciprocally,” Anderson, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, told WP.

The latest report follows US media reports last week that US intelligence helped Ukraine identify and target the Russian Navy’s Moskva missile cruiser and Russian generals on the battlefield.

Russian Chief General Valery Gerasimov, who previous reports said was about to be beaten while visiting troops near the front line, would be banned under the self-imposed limitations.

The United States has supplied $3.8 billion worth of weapons and equipment to Ukraine since Russia invaded its pro-Western neighbor on February 24.

The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed a $39.8 billion supplemental military and security package for Ukraine, which the Senate is expected to approve and send to President Joe Biden for signature.

Moscow has accused the United States and NATO members of waging a “proxy war” by providing Ukraine with military assistance.


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