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The Pentagon refuses to help Ukraine target Russian commanders

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On Thursday, the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) refused to provide intelligence that would allow Ukrainian forces to target senior Russian officials, contrary to what the New York Times reported.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed that the United States was sending intelligence to Kiev “to help Ukrainians defend their country,” but added that “we did not provide information on the whereabouts of senior military leaders on the battlefield and did not participate in the targeting of the Ukrainian military.”

On the other hand, the “New York Times” newspaper on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources from US intelligence, said that information provided by the US to the Ukrainian military made it possible to target several Russian generals.

The newspaper quoted several senior US officials as saying that “many” of the Russian generals killed by Ukrainian forces were targeted with the help of US intelligence.

The U.S. National Security Council has previously said that the United States’ assistance to Ukraine in killing Russian generals is “irresponsible.”

Council spokesman Adrian Watson emailed the AFP in an email to AFP that “the US is providing military intelligence to help Ukrainians defend their country,” but “we did not provide information with the intent to assassinate Russian commanders.”

The New York Times wrote that Washington’s intelligence efforts to assist Ukraine in wars were particularly focused on “determining locations and other details related to the routinely moving Russian military mobile headquarters.”

On Monday, the Pentagon officially announced that Valery Gerasimov, chief of staff of the Russian Federation, had been in the front line “for several days” in the Donbass in eastern Ukraine last week. But the Pentagon has not confirmed rumors of Gerasimo’s injury.

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For its part, the US channel “NBC” said on Thursday that information provided by the United States helped Ukraine to sink the Russian ship Moscow. The channel quoted unnamed officials as saying that Ukrainian forces had asked the Americans for information about the ship sailing in the Black Sea, after which the Americans identified the ship as Moscow and determined its location.

Russia claims the Black Sea Navy-owned naval command ship sank due to a firecracker explosion, while Ukraine says its part was sunk by missile strikes.