Zelensky: Washington did not inform me of the intelligence leaks
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the Washington Post that the US government did not inform him of the publication of the resounding intelligence information on the Internet.
Zelensky added in an interview with Washington Post, “I did not receive information from the White House or the Pentagon beforehand… We didn’t have that information… I personally didn’t… It’s definitely a bad story.”
A trove of classified Pentagon documents circulated online for weeks after they posted in a chat group on online gaming app.
The documents contain information, among other things, about the war Russia is waging against Ukraine, as well as details about alleged US espionage operations against partners.
The US media was the first to report on the leak in early April.
Zelensky said the leak was unprofitable for Kiev, and added, “This is not good for the reputation of the White House, and I think it is not good for the reputation of the United States”.
The Washington Post, citing leaked documents and sources, reported that Washington had expressed doubts about the hoped success of an expected spring counteroffensive by Kiev to retake Russian-held territory.
Zelensky said, “I cannot risk our country and the United States supports Ukraine in the conflict”.
The United States is Kiev’s most important ally in the war against Russia, which launched a full-scale invasion more than a year ago, and provides billions of dollars in military aid.