U.S. official confirms it provided intelligence to Ukraine

Jow Biden

The U.S. provided intelligence to Ukraine in fighting Russia, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield told CNN on Sunday.

The senior official said despite offering intelligence, Ukraine makes decision on “what they will target and how they will target.”

Her comment came amid recent media reports claiming that the U.S. provided intelligence that helped Ukraine target Russian warships and locate Russian generals.

“We have been consistent since the start that we will support Ukraine, we will provide them with the wherewithal to fight this war. And they are on the ground and they are pushing back the Russians. So we will continue to provide the kinds of support that they need,” she told CNN. 

A group of American diplomats led by Chargé d’Affaires Kristina Kvien returned to their embassy in Kyiv on Sunday for the first time in nearly three months.

Several foreign embassies have recently resumed operations in Kyiv after halting or relocating due to Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24. 

The UK has announced an additional package of sanctions on Russia and Belarus, targeting 1.7 billion pounds (about $2.09 billion) worth of trade.

They include sharply higher tariffs on 1.4 billion pounds worth of imports from Russia and bans on exports to the country worth 250 million pounds a year.

The U.S. has unveiled a new layer of sanctions on Russia, targeting services and its defense industry on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s planned Victory Day parade.

The new measures were announced as leaders from the G7 group of industrialized democracies held a virtual summit with Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a show of solidarity.

They are primarily intended to close loopholes in the existing sanctions and to tighten the noose around the Russian economy by another few notches.

The new sanctions include:

-A ban on sales of U.S. services to Russia, like accountancy and management consultancy

-No more U.S. advertising or sales of broadcasting equipment to three Kremlin-controlled television stations

-Technology export bans including industrial engines, bulldozers and other items that can be used by Russian defense factories

-Visa restrictions on another 2,600 Russian and Belarusian individuals