The Ukrainian president’s office has dismissed western media reports that Kyiv was preparing to strike Moscow on the anniversary of the full-scale invasion and only called off the plans after pressure from the U.S.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Mykhailo Podolyak, the adviser to the head of the Presidential Office, said the story was a “strange media sensation” that was “conspiratorially reported” by American outlets.

The initial report appeared in The Washington Post on Monday and, citing leaded documents, said discussions had been underway about a potential sea-based strike “using TNT in Novorossiysk, a Black Sea port city,” as a symbolic demonstration of Ukraine's ability to strike deep into enemy territory.

However, officials in Washington, according to the publication, were secretly monitoring these plans and were concerned that such attacks within Russia could provoke a strong response from the Kremlin.

In his post on Twitter, Podolyak said: “… I have a simple question. Why would there be a need for us to do this? What task would such a one-time action solve?

“Would it change the course of the war? Would it make the Russians flee? Would it remove the need for weapons?”

In a statement to Kyiv PostPodolyak also suggested the leaks which have spawned a plethora of coverage for weeks now, are part of a Russian "information campaign."

"Indeed, everything is absolutely obvious. You don’t have to look for a black cat in a dark room," he said. "Such informational 'dumps' are a manifestation of a standard hybrid war. Something is done deliberately, something through anonymous sources.

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The EU’s 27 nations have remained broadly united through the 19 months of war on their support for Ukraine, hitting Russia with 11 rounds of sanctions and spending billions of euros on arms for Kyiv.

"It should not be forgotten that Moscow invests huge amounts of money in the development of specific 'information campaigns' around the world. Discrediting, panic, doubt and conflict are key goals of Russia in foreign markets.

"And the most important thing is the constant attempts to divide the allies of the anti-Putin coalition and instill persistent mistrust between us."

The leaked documents highlight the underlying tension between Ukraine and the United States in their approach to the war. While Kyiv wants to take the fight to Russian soil, Washington is cautious about any move that could escalate the conflict into a direct confrontation between American and Russian forces.

American officials are particularly apprehensive about attacks on Russia that involve US-supplied weaponry, as they consider it a high-risk operation that could prompt President Vladimir Putin to use tactical nuclear weapons.

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“However, officials in Washington . . . were secretly monitoring these plans and were concerned that such attacks within Russia could provoke a strong response from the Kremlin.”

There it is! This isn't about Ukraine at all. This is all about President Biden's fear of escalating the war. Biden's afraid of Putin. That is why he has withheld the necessary weaponry to win the war. NATO nations give Ukraine enough weaponry “not to lose”, but not enough to win. TELL BIDEN to give Ukraine long-range precision missiles that will reach into the heartland of Russia and as many F-16 fighter jets that it takes for Ukraine to win. #ArmUkraineNow Biden is weak. He falls into Putin's fear mongering. We will not be defeated if we do not give up because we're on God's side.

“For the Lord your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!” (Deuteronomy 20:4)

Slava Ukraini!

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