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Official: US gave intel before Ukraine sank Russian warship
By AAMER MADHANI, NOMAAN MERCHANT and LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press – Yesterday 10:04 PMFollow
React|141WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says it shared intelligence with Ukraine about the location of the Russian missile cruiser Moskva before the strike that sank the warship, a high-profile embarrassment for Russia’s military, but the Pentagon denied Friday that it played a direct role in the strike.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement that the U.S. “did not provide Ukraine with specific targeting information for the Moskva,” although he acknowledged that the U.S. and allies routinely share intelligence with Ukraine.
An American official said Thursday that Ukraine alone decided to target and sink the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet using its own anti-ship missiles. But given Russia’s attacks on the Ukrainian coastline from the sea, the U.S. has provided “a range of intelligence” that includes locations of those ships, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Biden administration has ramped up intelligence sharing with Ukraine alongside the shipment of arms and missiles to help it repel Russia’s invasion. The disclosure of U.S. support in the Moskva strike comes as the White House is under pressure from Republicans to do more to support Ukraine’s resistance and as polls suggest some Americans question whether President Joe Biden is being tough enough on Russia.
Speaking to CNN on Friday, Kirby said the “the intelligence that we provide to Ukraine is legal. It’s lawful, it’s legitimate, and it’s limited.” He acknowledged that the U.S. is always concerned about the potential for escalation in the conflict with nuclear-armed Russia.
As its offensive has largely stalled, Russia has issued increasingly menacing warnings to the U.S. and its NATO allies that it may attempt to strike arms shipments that are bolstering Ukraine’s defenses.
Since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion in February, the White House has tried to balance supporting Ukraine, a democratic ally, against not doing anything that would seem to provoke a direct war between Putin and the U.S. and NATO allies. As the war has gone on, the White House has ramped up its military and intelligence support, removing some time and geographic limits on what it will tell Ukraine about potential Russian targets.
The official who spoke Thursday said the U.S. was not aware that Ukraine planned to strike the Moskva until after they conducted the operation. NBC News first reported on the American role in the sinking of the ship.
Speaking earlier Thursday after a New York Times report about the U.S. role in supporting Ukraine’s killing of Russian generals, Kirby said American agencies “do not provide intelligence on the location of senior military leaders on the battlefield or participate in the targeting decisions of the Ukrainian military.”
“Ukraine combines information that we and other partners provide with the intel that they themselves are gathering and then they make their own decisions and they take their own actions,” Kirby said.
The White House on Thursday declined to encourage abortion activists to avoid protesting at the private residences of Supreme Court justices as outrage over a leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade grows.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden understands and shares the outrage over the news that the Supreme Court may vote to undo Roe, which essentially legalized abortion n
“The president, for all those women, men, others who feel outraged, who feel scared, who feel concerned, he hears them, he shares that concern and that horror that he saw in that draft opinion,” Psaki said.
Biden’s message directly to anyone feeling outraged “is participating in peaceful protest,” Psaki said. “Ensure it’s peaceful. Have your voice heard peacefully. We should not be resorting to violence in any way, shape or form.”
© Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty ImagesWorkers assemble non-scalable fences around the Supreme Court Building amid ongoing abortion-rights demonstrations on May 4, 2022 in Washington, DC. Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images
Several heated protests have occurred in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., following the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion that would undo Roe, prompting police to put up barriers around the building.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy on Thursday brought up Biden’s statements earlier this week calling the “MAGA crowd” the “most extreme political organization” in recent history. “Do you think the progressive activists that are now planning protests outside some of the justices’ houses are extreme?” Doocy asked Psaki.
“Peaceful protest, no. Peaceful protest is not extreme,” Psaki said. “We certainly encourage people to keep it peaceful and not resort to any level of violence.”
Doocy pressed whether Biden viewed the posting of home addresses of justices, some of whom have young children, as a peaceful expression of protest.
“The president’s view is that there’s a lot of passion, a lot of fear, a lot of sadness, from many, many people across this country about what they saw in that leaked document,” Psaki said.
© AP Photo/Alex BrandonDemonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) AP Photo/Alex Brandon
A pro-abortion group reportedly plans to protest at the Maryland and Virginia homes of some of the Supreme Court justices. In response to Doocy’s question about whether the president cared about protests near justices’ homes, Psaki declined to discourage any residential protests.
“I don’t have an official U.S. government position on where people protest,” Psaki said. “We want it of course to be peaceful, and certainly the president would want to people’s privacy to be respected. But I think we shouldn’t lose the point here. The reason people are protesting is because women across the country are worried about their fundamental rights that have been law for 50 years, their rights to make choices about their own bodies and their own health care, are at risk. That’s why people are protesting — they’re unhappy, they’re scared.”
Psaki again declined to state whether Biden supported any limits on abortion, even up until the moment of birth.
© AP Photo/Evan VucciPresident Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) AP Photo/Evan Vucci
An activist organization called “Ruth Sent Us” — a reference to former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg — published the apparent home addresses of Justices Amy Coney Barrett, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, and encouraged peaceful demonstrations.
“Our 6-3 extremist Supreme Court routinely issues rulings that hurt women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights,” the group’s website read. “We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics.”
The leaked draft of the opinion on Dobbs vs Jackson Whole Women’s Health was published by Politico Monday evening, and indicates that a majority of the court may vote to undo 50 years of precedent in Roe. However, the draft is not the final opinion, which is expected in late June or July, before the current Supreme Court term ends.