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US denies giving Ukraine with targeting information for Russia’s sunken Moskva ship


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The Pentagon is pushing again on studies that U.S. intelligence served Ukraine concentrate on and sink Russia’s Moskva warship in the Black Sea in mid-April. 

In a statement late Thursday, Pentagon Push Secretary John Kirby mentioned “the Ukrainians have their individual intelligence capabilities to monitor and target Russian naval vessels, as they did in this scenario.” 

“We did not offer Ukraine with particular focusing on information and facts for the Moskva,” Kirby included, “We were not associated in the Ukrainians’ determination to strike the ship or in the operation they carried out.” 

The Russian missile cruiser Moskva, the flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet is seen anchored in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, on Sept. 11, 2008.

The Russian missile cruiser Moskva, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is viewed anchored in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, on Sept. 11, 2008.
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A U.S. senior defense formal also mentioned “we do provide a assortment of intelligence to assistance the Ukrainians fully grasp the danger posed by Russian ships in the Black Sea and to support them put together to protect versus possible sea-primarily based assaults.” 

“Numerous of the missiles fired at Ukraine have appear from Russian ships in the Black Sea, and all those ships could be utilized to guidance an assault on cities like Odesa,” that official continued.  

The Russian Navy's guided missile cruiser Moskva sails in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, in June 2021.

The Russian Navy’s guided missile cruiser Moskva sails in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, in June 2021.
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A U.S. official informed WHD News in mid-April that the U.S. assessed the Moskva was struck by two Ukrainian missiles right before it sank. 

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The U.S. thinks the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea navy was about 60 nautical miles south of Odesa at the time of the explosion. 

Moscow has claimed the ship sank following a fireplace on board induced an explosion. 

WHD News’ Mark Meredith contributed to this report. 

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