Document leaks will not affect planned counteroffensive, Ukraine says

12 April, 12:15 AM
Mykhailo Podolyak (Photo:Office of the President)

Mykhailo Podolyak (Photo:Office of the President)

The recent leak of classified Pentagon documents will not affect Ukraine’s counteroffensive, as it didn’t reveal the timing or directions of the planned operation, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak told Ukrainian TV Channel 24 on April 11.

“Nothing (critical) was leaked,” said Podolyak.

“There are no documents specifying where the counteroffensive will begin. That’s still being determined now, given our available resources and windows of opportunity we’ll have to conduct certain actions.”

He added that the date of the operation will be made public only once it’s underway.

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“A counteroffensive is not just some abstract military operation,” the official said.

“It’s a question of justice. Without (this) counteroffensive we won’t get the results that would allow this war to end.”

On April 6, The New York Times, citing sources in the White House, reported that the Pentagon was investigating a leak of classified documents relating to U.S. and NATO efforts to prepare the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the coming counteroffensive. Recently, classified materials, dated March 1, appeared on Twitter, Telegram, and across other social media and messenger apps.

The following day, more papers were made public, allegedly revealing U.S. efforts to spy on its allies in Asia and Middle East.

Ukrainian Defense Intelligence spokesman Andriy Yusov also said that the documents were forged by Russian special services. He pointed out that the documents contain false data on combat losses for both sides, with some of the information gathered from open sources.

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