“Successfully attacked”

“Successfully attacked”

Maria Shustrova

CNN, citing sources , said the United States provided intelligence that helped Ukraine attack the Russian military cruiser Moskva. At the same time, the article noted that the Americans do not share information with the Ukrainian military about potential targets within Russia itself, as well as about the whereabouts of specific Russian military leaders.
“Provided intelligence on his whereabouts”
“When Ukraine successfully attacked a valuable Russian warship with anti-ship cruise missiles last month, the United States gave it some help. Ukrainian forces, noticing a Russian warship in the Black Sea, called their American contacts to confirm that it was indeed “Moscow”. The US responded in the affirmative and provided intelligence on his whereabouts,” sources familiar with the events told CNN.
The article says that it is not yet clear whether the United States was aware of Ukraine’s intention to strike the ship. It also notes, citing sources, that the United States “did not participate in the adoption of this decision.”
The authors of the material claim that the ship “sank after two Ukrainian cruise missiles hit it on April 14, which dealt a serious blow to the Russian military.”
“This episode…reflects the Biden administration’s increasingly progressive stance when it comes to intelligence sharing with Ukraine as part of a broader political shift to help Ukraine decisively defeat Russia on the battlefield and significantly weaken its military,” – the article says.
The article also raises the question of where the “red lines” between the United States and Russia regarding military support for Ukraine run.
“The United States has been providing Ukrainian forces with intelligence on Russian troop movements inside Ukraine for several months, including intercepted reports of Russian military plans. They (United States – Gazeta.Ru) are also providing Ukraine with information about their maritime data to enable them to better understand the threat posed by Russian ships in the Black Sea, many of which fire missiles into Ukraine, ”the CNN article notes. .
At the same time, the sources of the channel stressed that there are “clear restrictions” for US intelligence in what data they are willing to provide.
“For example, the United States has so far refused to provide Ukraine with information about potential targets within Russia itself. And while the intelligence shared by the U.S. about Russian troop movements inside Ukraine may include details such as vehicles and types of personnel in a particular location, the U.S. has not provided Ukraine with intelligence on the whereabouts of specific Russian military commanders,” the sources explained.
At the same time, the Pentagon denied CNN’s information about the transfer of data to Ukraine. This was reported by the New York Times, citing a statement by department spokesman John Kirby .
“Ukrainians have their own intelligence capabilities to track and target Russian warships, which happened in this case (with the Moskva cruiser – Gazeta.Ru),” Kirby said .
On April 20, The Times reported that an American Boeing P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft was patrolling the Black Sea shortly before the Russian cruiser Moskva sank.
According to the British publication, the P-8 with the code AE681B took off from the US Navy air base in Sicily and reached the Black Sea coast of Romania in the afternoon. At 16:27 Moscow time, he disappeared from radar near the Romanian city of Valya Nukarilor, about 30 kilometers from the land border with Ukraine. The aircraft was not tracked for the next nearly three hours. On the radar, he reappeared at 19:23 in the same area where he had been seen earlier. After 19 minutes, the P-8 disappeared again, and after 42 minutes it reappeared near the Romanian city of Abrud, from where it flew back to the base. And soon the first reports of damage were received on the cruiser Moskva.
Fire on the cruiser “Moscow”
On the night of April 14, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported a fire on the cruiser Moskva. According to the agency, due to the fire on board, the ammunition detonated, the fire was soon localized, and the explosions stopped. However, the cruiser was seriously damaged. The crew was evacuated.
Then the ministry reported that the cruiser, as a result of the damage to the hull and in the “conditions of stormy seas,” sank during towing. 396 crew members were evacuated, but one person died, another 27 went missing “during the fight for the damage of the ship.”
The flagship cruiser of the Black Sea Fleet “Moskva” was laid down on the slipway of the Nikolaev shipbuilding plant in 1976 with the original name “Glory”. In 1979 he was launched. In 1999, he was relocated to Sevastopol. In 2008, the cruiser participated in the Russian operation in South Ossetia, aimed at “forcing the Georgian authorities to peace,” and from September 2015 to January 2016, “Moskva” covered the air base of the Russian Aerospace Forces Khmeimim in Syria from the sea.

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