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Report Says U.S. Intelligence Assisted Latest Ukrainian Offensive

Ukrainian flags placed on statues in a square in Balakliya, Kharkiv region, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian forces said on September 10, 2022 they had entered the town of Kupiansk in eastern Ukraine, dislodging Russian troops from a key logistics hub. (Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images)
Ukrainian flags placed on statues in a square in Balakliya, Kharkiv region, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian forces said on September 10, 2022 they had entered the town of Kupiansk in eastern Ukraine, dislodging Russian troops from a key logistics hub. (Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images)

Amid the recent gains by Ukraine in pushing back Russian forces, The New York Times report is crediting U.S. intelligence in helping Ukraine plan an effective counteroffensive that might have Russia on the run in the east and south of Ukraine.

Ukraine, which had been reluctant to share intelligence with U.S. officials, has stepped up its sharing and capitalized on U.S. knowledge of Russian munitions, positions, weaknesses, and targets in plotting the current move this summer, officials told the Times.

“The Ukrainian military’s counteroffensive is moving faster and taking terrain even faster than expected,” former CIA officer Mick Mulroy told the Times. “Now is the time for the Ukrainian army to exploit every opportunity they have to degrade and destroy the Russian capacity to fight.”

The uptick in intelligence sharing coincided with the military assistance provided by the U.S. government, according to the report, which noted Ukraine’s plan was their own, albeit with the use of American intelligence.

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