A US official said on Thursday that only Ukraine decided to target and sink the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet with its own anti-ship missiles. But given Russia’s attacks on the Ukrainian coast from the sea, the US has provided “a range of intelligence” including the locations of those ships, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Biden administration has stepped up intelligence sharing with Ukraine, in addition to shipping weapons and missiles to help Russia fend off its invasion. The announcement of US support for the Moscow strike comes as the White House comes under pressure from Republicans to do more to support Ukraine’s resistance and as polls suggest Americans are questioning whether President Joe Biden is tough enough against Russia.
Since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion in February, the White House has tried to strike a balance between supporting Ukraine, a democratic ally, and not doing something that would trigger a direct war between Putin and the allies of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. US and NATO could cause. As the war progressed, the White House has stepped up its military and intelligence support, lifting some time and geographic limits on what it will tell Ukraine about potential Russian targets.
The official speaking on Thursday said the US only knew Ukraine planned to attack the Moskva after conducting the operation. NBC News first reported on the American role in the sinking of the ship.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby spoke earlier Thursday following a New York Times report on the US’s role in supporting Ukraine’s assassination of Russian generals. the Ukrainian army.”
“Ukraine combines information that we and other partners provide with the information they collect themselves and then they make their own decisions and take their own actions,” Kirby said.