Ukraine apparently sank Moskva with US intelligence
According to newspaper reports, the US secret service provided crucial information when the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet was sunk. Also: So far, a total of 500 civilians have reportedly been evacuated from besieged Mariupol. An overview.
gAccording to media reports, information from US intelligence helped the Ukrainian military sink the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet Moskva (Moscow). However, the US government had no knowledge of Ukraine’s plans, reported Thursday evening (local time) several US media such as the Washington Post or the New York Times, citing anonymous people involved in the case.
The United States identified the vessel as “Moskva” at the request of the Ukrainian military and helped locate it, NBC News reported.
The Moskva was sunk in mid-April, presumably with Ukrainian Neptun-type anti-ship missiles. Moscow denies it the missile cruiser was also responsible for air defense in the Black Sea between the mouth of the Danube and the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Ukraine’s military partly cites information from the United States in its often successful resistance against Russia. For example, the Ukrainian army claims to have killed twelve Russian generals by targeted fire since the start of the Russian attack. Moscow has yet to comment on the generals’ alleged deaths.
“We do not provide information on the whereabouts of senior military officials on the battlefield, nor do we participate in Ukrainian military targeting decisions,” the Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. , John Kirby, in response to the report.
However, he confirmed that the US government was providing Ukraine with information on the war situation. Kirby gave no details. Ukraine has combined information provided by the United States and its partners with its own information. Then the Ukrainian army will make its own decisions.
Meanwhile, fighting continues at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. The last defenders of the Ukrainian city are entrenched there, as well as civilians who fled the advance of the occupier. According to Ukrainian government estimates, Russia intends to conquer the besieged steel mills by Monday. According to the Ukrainian presidential office, 500 civilians have been evacuated from the city so far. “We managed to evacuate nearly 500 civilians,” Ukrainian presidential office chief Andriy Yermak said on Friday. The evacuation operation will continue.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s adviser, Oleksiy Arestovych, said on Thursday evening that the Azovstal plant should be captured on the 77th anniversary of the victory over Hitler’s Germany on May 9. “The greatest gift to a leader is his opponent’s head. I clearly see the desire to conquer Azovstal and give ‘victory’ to Putin on May 9,” he told Unian.
“They really want it, but let’s see if they can do it,” Arestovych said. The massive attacks on the premises of the steel plant clearly showed the intentions of the Russian army. A large military parade is planned in Moscow on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War II, which will be celebrated in Russia on May 9. President Vladimir Putin will deliver a speech.
In the meantime, however, most Russian troops have left the city of Mariupol heading north, according to the Pentagon. About 2,000 Russian troops remained in the port city, the equivalent of two groups of tactical battalions, US Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby said on Thursday.
Despite sustained Russian airstrikes on Mariupol, Moscow’s troops made “groping” progress at best, especially as the main fighting was concentrated in Donbass in eastern Ukraine. The United States believed Russia was late for the invasion and not making the progress the Kremlin hoped for in Donbass, Kirby added.
Meanwhile, the evacuation of civilians from the port city of Mariupol continues, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. In his video address, however, Zelenskyy did not specify how many people were able to leave the besieged city on Thursday.
According to him, the Russian army has used missiles against various targets in its war against Ukraine so far in 2014. Moreover, since the start of the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 , 2,682 airstrikes have already been recorded. “Each of these operations means the death of our people, the destruction of our infrastructure.”
Only Ukraine’s medical infrastructure suffered heavy losses, Zelenskyy said. “To date, Russian troops have destroyed or damaged nearly 400 health facilities.