‘Leaked classified documents’ are actually ‘virtual pseudo-leaks’, says President’s Office
The work of Ukrainian artillery in the Luhansk Oblast, March 24, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura)
The Office of the President has declared that the materials containing plans for Ukraine’s future counteroffensive, which appeared on social media as leaked classified documents, are actually “pseudo-leaks” from Russia, according to a Twitter post by the advisor to the Head of the Office of the President, Mykhailo Podolyak, on April 7.
Podolyak stated that since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian intelligence has degraded to the point where the only way to erase the memories of their failures, such as the “Salisbury adventures,” “three-day plans,” and others is through Photoshop and “virtual pseudo-leaks.”
Moscow is determined to obstruct Ukraine’s counteroffensive, but real Russian plans will become evident on the battlefield soon, he said.
The Pentagon is investigating the leak of classified documents related to the U.S. and NATO’s plans to prepare Ukrainian troops for a counteroffensive, The New York Times reported on April 6, citing Biden administration officials. The classified materials were posted on Twitter and Telegram.
The documents lack specific plans for military action, such as the exact time and location of Ukraine’s intended offensive, and much of the information is outdated. However, according to the newspaper, the occupiers could obtain some useful information.
Some documents contain data on Russian and Ukrainian losses appear to be fabricated, according to sources cited by the NYT.
The next three months in Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine would be very active and could determine the course of events, said Ukrainian intelligence chief, Kyrylo Budanov, on Feb. 28.
Ukrainian forces have a good chance of a successful counteroffensive this spring, said U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
The Ukrainian counteroffensive is scheduled to begin in April-May of this year on multiple fronts, Ukrainian Defense Minister, Oleksiy Reznikov, has previously said.
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