The United States provided Ukraine with intelligence that helped Kyiv attack and sink the flagship of Russia's Black Sea fleet, the Moskva, in one of the most dramatic battlefield successes of the 71-day old war, according to people familiar with the matter.
The missile strike by Ukrainian forces in April, an extraordinary embarrassment for the Kremlin that deprived Russia of a key vessel in its military campaign, may not have been possible without the U.S. assistance, these people said, underscoring how deeply Washington has become enmeshed in Ukraine's fight against Russia.
It is unclear how many Russian sailors died in the attack, but U.S. officials believe there were significant casualties. Despite providing intelligence on the Moskva, the United States had "no prior awareness" of Ukraine's decision to strike the warship, a U.S. official said.
The official noted that the U.S. government shares maritime awareness with Ukraine to help the nation defend against threats.
Russian vessels in the Black Sea have been launching missiles at Ukraine -- and could be used to support an amphibious assault on the country, the official said.
Biden officials had previously leaked word that they were helping Ukrainians target Russian generals on the battlefield -- which resulted in several Russian general being killed.
Asked if Russia would take specific measures in reaction to any intelligence-sharing that led to the deaths of Russian generals, Peskov said, "Of course, Russian forces are doing everything necessary in this situation," according to state news agency RIA Novosti.
In addition to putting out the word that we're helping Ukraine kill Russian sailors and Russian generals, the senile Biden Administration, looking to appear "tough," also couldn't help bragging that it was directly responsible for a shoot-down of a Russian troop-carrier that killed hundreds of Russian troops.