WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has provided intelligence that has helped Ukrainian forces kill many of the Russian generals who died in the Ukraine war, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing senior US officials.
Ukrainian officials said they had killed about 12 generals on the front line, a number that surprised military analysts.
The targeting aid is part of a covert effort by the Biden administration to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine. The intelligence also includes anticipated Russian troop movements gleaned from a recent US assessment of Moscow’s covert battle plans for combat in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, officials said. Officials declined to specify how many generals died as a result of US aid.
The United States has focused on providing locations and other details about the Russian military’s mobile base, which moves frequently. Ukrainian officials have combined that geographic information with their own intelligence — including intercepted communications alerting the Ukrainian military to the presence of senior Russian officers — to carry out artillery and other attacks that have killed Russian officers.
The intelligence sharing is part of an increasing flow of US aid that includes heavier weapons and tens of billions of dollars in aid, which shows how quickly the initial US restrictions on support for Ukraine have shifted as the war enters a new stage that it can play. out for months.
Washington has provided Ukraine with details of estimated Russian troop movements and the location and other details of Russia’s mobile military bases, and Ukraine has combined that assistance with its own intelligence to carry out artillery strikes and other attacks that have killed Russian officers, the newspaper said.
The Pentagon and the White House did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the report.
Ukrainian officials say they have killed about 12 Russian generals on the battlefield, according to the New York Times. US officials declined to specify how many generals died as a result of American intelligence, the paper said.