Pentagon leaks won’t affect aid to Ukraine, Washington says
Vedant Patel (Photo:Screenshot of the US State Department briefing)
The recent leak of classified documents will not affect United States providing security assistance to Ukraine, U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson, Vedant Patel, said during a briefing on April 10.
“We are going to continue to support Ukraine in the face of Russian brutal aggression for as long as it takes, but I am not going to go into details on the same topic,” said Patel.
He added that Ukraine plans its military operations independently from the input from its allies, including the United States.
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.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said the published documents were doctored, and called them a “pseudo-leak” from Russia.
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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