Recently published documents, which are purportedly leaked highly classified documents from the Pentagon, provide a gloomy US perspective of the state of the ongoing war in Ukraine, as reported by CNN.
The documents, dated from February and March, highlight supposed weaknesses in Ukraine's weaponry and air defenses while predicting potential challenges which will result in stalemate in the conflict for the foreseeable future.
The leaks, which surfaced on social media last week, apparently provide US assessments of perceived military shortfalls on Ukraine's part, as the country prepares for a spring counteroffensive against Russia.
One revelation raising concern is that Ukraine's medium-range air defenses, designed to protect front-line troops, according to the leaked documents, could be significantly reduced by May 23, potentially giving Russia aerial superiority and limiting Ukraine's ability to protect gathering ground forces for a counteroffensive.
The documents also acknowledge issues with Russia's military offensive, suggesting that the conflict could result in a stalemate between the two sides. According to another of the documents, Russia's campaign of attrition in the Donbas region is also heading towards stalemate, which would hinder Moscow's goal of capturing the entire region in 2023.
Neither Ukrainian nor US officials have confirmed the authenticity of the supposedly leaked documents and we await further ‘revelations.’
Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, dismissed the veracity of the documents on his Telegram channel on Friday, April 7, saying that the leaked documents are just another case of Russia “disseminating fictitious information" and they have “nothing to do with Ukraine’s real counteroffensive plans.”
Another top Ukrainian official, the Chief of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Olexiy Danilov, expressed indifference towards the documents, stating that some information can be found in publicly available sources and that the US and UK agencies would determine the source and motive behind the leak.
Nevertheless, the official believes Ukraine’s special services should exercise greater vigilance in safeguarding sensitive information.
At the same time, Oleh Izhak, the senior analyst at the National Institute of Strategic Research in Kyiv, said that although it’s not possible to be positive, what could be a leak of secret US military briefing slides was a desire by “someone” either in Washington or Kyiv to make Russian military decision-making more difficult by “leaking” information the Kremlin is already aware of, and forcing Putin – a former secret agent with a secret agent’s paranoia about planted information – to question its validity.
Both the Pentagon, where much of the allegedly leaked materials apparently originated earlier this year, and the US Justice Department, say that they are investigating the matter.
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Jack, I agree. The EU and US, particularly Marcon, are more like over anxious and confused learner drivers causing avoidable obstructions and accidents due to over caution and indecisiveness. Putin, easily amplifies these mental blocks by occasionally renewing his nuclear scaremongering, although he faces exactly the same constraints for their use. Meanwhile Putin seized his opportunities to act quickly and aggressively while the EU reacts and escalates towards matching actions far too slowly, partly because of paralysis through over- analysis and fear, dressed up as mature, low risk, "leadership".
The bottom line is Putin has consistently demonstrated highly risk averse behavior, especially with internal and personal security, and will remain in no position to dictate terms, in either the short or long term.
It’s a pity that sufficiently capable mobile air defences are not yet available to defend Ukraines counteroffensive assets.
EU and US aid should be far more result and deadline oriented
@David, The idiots in charge fear Ukraine defeating Russia would lead to nuclear war. We have feckless fools for decision makers.
If our feckless Pentagon is not optimistic of Ukraine's chances to rid themselves of the Russian terrorists, then why in the hell is the United States not furnishing Ukraine with the weaponry they need to rid themselves of the Russian terrorists?