21 Apr 2022 06:00 am
The Pentagon is delivering arms to Ukraine, but doesn’t know where they’re going. This is reported by the TV broadcaster CNN with reference to several high-ranking sources. The risk of the weapons falling into the wrong hands cannot be ruled out.
Washington is struggling to trace large quantities of “deadly aid” that have been delivered to Ukraine’s armed forces in recent months. That shared US officials told TV station CNN. They are said to have stated that the intelligence services had “almost no possibility” of “tracking the deliveries to their destinations”.
Although the arms shipments to Ukraine represent the “largest recent shipment to a partner country in a conflict,” the White House is increasingly concerned that the aid “could end up in the hands of other armed forces and militias who “We didn’t want to arm the United States,” a senior US Defense Department official told CNN on Tuesday. Another source who claims to be familiar with US intelligence explained:
“We have high security for a short time, but when it enters the fog of war we have almost nothing left.”
Another source added that the guns “fall into a big black hole and after a short time you hardly hear anything about it.”
Despite this “blind spot, which is due in large part to the lack of US troops on the ground” in Ukraine and the mobility of many of the weapons supplied, the US government “calculated the risk” that some US weapons going to “unexpected places,” according to another Pentagon official.
Western estimates of casualties in Ukraine and other details of the fighting also remained “nebulous,” two intelligence sources added. This means that the United States and its NATO allies are often forced to rely on information from the Kiev government. However, these are not always reliable.
Another source explained that war is raging and therefore all steps that Ukrainian officials are publicly taking and proclaiming are steps to win the war:
“Every public statement is an information operation, every interview, every appearance by Zelensky is an information operation.”
Since the Russian military operation in Ukraine began, Washington has provided more than $2.6 billion in military aid to Kyiv and several billions in humanitarian aid.
Since taking office in 2020, US President Joe Biden has transferred a total of US$3.2 billion to Kyiv. More than 100,000 US troops have also been deployed to reinforce NATO’s eastern flank. Individual members of the military bloc have also offered billions in aid.
As of Tuesday, the White House was reportedly planning another major aid package for Kyiv. This is intended to help Ukraine repel an alleged imminent Russian attack on territory claimed by the Donbass republics. Just last week, Washington approved $800 million for heavy artillery, drones, armored vehicles, attack helicopters and other equipment for Ukraine. Meanwhile, the Pentagon continues to decline to provide details about the contents of the upcoming arms shipment.
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