Ukraine: Despite Record Amount of Weapons, Kyiv Keeps U.S. in the Dark on War Realities: NYT
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You can’t turn on the TV without seeing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but despite how vocal he has been about his goal to take back large swaths of his country from Russian forces, Kyiv has been tight-lipped on war realities on the ground and how it will achieve these objectives, according to a new report.
The New York Times, citing current and former U.S. officials, published a report Wednesday that American intelligence agencies have “less information than they would like about Ukraine’s operations and possess a far better picture of Russia’s military.”
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Beth Sanner, a former senior intelligence official, told the paper: “How much do we really know about how Ukraine is doing?”
“Can you find a person who will tell you with confidence how many troops has Ukraine lost, how many pieces of equipment has Ukraine lost?” she asked.
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The Times reported that the U.S. has a better understanding about Russia’s military’s condition than Ukraine’s. Even Avril D. Haines, the director of national intelligence, told the Senate in May: “We have, in fact, more insight, probably, on the Russian side than we do on the Ukrainian side.”
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Stephen Biddle, a professor of international affairs at Columbia University, told the paper, “I’m not sure it’s in the interest of the American public or Ukrainian public to have Ukrainians be upfront about their losses if the result is it strengthens the Russian war effort. But that means we don’t really know both sides of the story.”