The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has developed guidelines for intelligence-sharing with Kyiv, which sets out two broad prohibitions on the types of information shared, in order to avoid escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow, informs The Washington Post, citing sources.
“Washington is sending billions of dollars worth of weapons to Ukraine, publicly listing these shipments, down to the number of rounds. But the US is much more careful when describing another significant contribution to Ukraine’s success on the battlefield – intelligence on the Russian military,” the publication notes.
U.S. and Ukrainian officials told the publication on condition of anonymity that information about the location and movements of Russian troops is coming to Ukraine in real time. To avoid escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow, the US administration has developed guidelines for intelligence sharing.
First, according to the document, the United States cannot provide detailed information that “would help take the life” of high-ranking Russian officers. This applies, among other things, to Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Federation Valery Gerasimov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, newspaper sources said.
At the same time, as the newspaper writes, the ban does not apply to data on Russian officers located on the territory of Ukraine. At the same time, a senior Pentagon official told the Washington Post that Washington still tacitly decided not to provide Kyiv with information about the whereabouts of the generals.
The second category concerns any information that will help Ukraine attack Russian targets outside Ukrainian borders, the sources said. According to WP sources, the ban is partly introduced so that “the United States does not become a participant in the attacks that Ukraine can carry out on the territory of Russia.”
In addition to these restrictions, Washington adheres to a rule that prohibits providing Ukraine with what officials call “targeted information.” For example, the US will not, according to officials, tell the Ukrainian military that a particular Russian general has been spotted in a particular location, and then tell or help Ukraine strike him.
Earlier, American media reported that the attack on the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the cruiser Moskva, became possible thanks to US intelligence data transferred to Ukraine. At the same time, the sources of the publications emphasized that the United States did not know exactly how Kyiv would use intelligence.