Denied: The US did not give Ukraine information to attack a Russian ship

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The Russian warship Moskva in a photo from August 2, 2012.

Photo: Mil.ru. CC BY 4.0 / Wikimedia Commons

WASHINGTON – The United States government assured this Friday that did not provide “specific” intelligence information to Ukrainian forces to attack the flagship of the Russian Fleet stationed in the Black Sea, the Moskva.

The White House and the Pentagon reacted to reports appearing Thursday in various media outlets that Washington provided intelligence data to help Ukraine sink the missile cruiser in mid-April.

The CNN channel and The Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing US government sources, that The US had no “prior notice” that kyiv was going to attack that emblematic Russian ship, although they affirmed that Washington “shares information” maritime with Ukraine.

Asked about it this Friday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on presidential plane that these media reports “are inaccurate.”

“We did not provide Ukraine with specific information to attack the ship, we were not involved in the Ukrainian decision to hit the ship or the operation that was carried out. We had no advance knowledge that Ukraine intended to attack the ship,” Psaki stressed.

Psaki revealed that he has addressed this issue with President Joe Biden and his national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, and remarked that the president believes that the role of the United States is being exaggerated and the role of the Ukrainians is underestimated.

“The Ukrainians have their own intelligence capabilities to follow and attack Russian ships, as they did in this case,” Psaki said.

For his part, from the Pentagon, the spokesman for the US Department of Defense, John Kirby, explained that The US provides Ukrainian forces with what it considers to be “relevant and timely information on Russian units.”

“It is legitimate, it is legal and it is limited,” said Kirby, who recalled that the US is not the only country that offers data of this type to kyiv, which, in turn, has the capacity to collect intelligence.

Kirby insisted that the Ukrainians do not tell the US about their day-to-day operations, nor does Washington expect them to.

Russia admitted one dead and 27 missing in the sinking of the Moskva missile cruiser, which Moscow blamed on fire and exploding ammunition, and kyiv and the US blamed two Ukrainian missiles.

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