Intelligence provided by the U.S. helped Ukrainians sink Russian ship Moskva

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Intelligence provided by the U.S. helped the Ukrainians descend the Russian Moskva successful April, according to a elder defence official. The U.S. shared the determination of the Moskva successful the Black Sea with the Ukrainians but had nary relation successful the determination to onslaught it, the authoritative said. 

The relation the U.S. played successful the sinking of the Moskva comes aft reports connected Thursday elaborate however quality the U.S. has provided helped Ukrainian forces termination Russian generals. 

Without providing specifics, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told reporters Thursday that the U.S. has been providing Ukraine utile battlefield quality passim the warfare arsenic Ukraine defends itself – but Kirby said the Pentagon does not supply quality connected the determination of elder subject leaders connected the battlefield oregon enactment successful the targeting decisions of the Ukrainian military.

"Ukraine combines accusation that we and different partners supply with the quality that they themselves are gathering connected the battlefield, and past they marque their ain decisions and instrumentality their ain actions," Kirby said. 

 A Russian rocket  cruiser "Moskva" is anchored adjacent   Mumbai The Russian guided rocket cruiser "Moskva," flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, is seen anchored adjacent Mumbai, India successful a May 21, 2003 record photo. Roy Madhur/REUTERS

Ukrainian forces struck the Moskva with 2 Neptune anti-ship missiles. The onslaught caused a ample occurrence and the eventual sinking of the ship connected April 14.

Kirby said successful April that the cruiser was astir 600 feet agelong and had a unit of astir 500 sailors. The Pentagon assessed that astatine slightest immoderate of the crewmembers evacuated to different Russian naval ships but it's unclear however galore Russians suffered casualties. 

The sinking of the Moskva was different embarrassment for Russian forces, who person shown an inability truthful acold to scope their goals successful the warfare successful Ukraine. More than 70 days into the invasion, the Russian advancement is inactive described by the Pentagon arsenic slow, incremental, and uneven. 

The deficiency of advancement is successful portion owed to the stiff Ukrainian resistance, the assistance flowing from Western countries similar the U.S,and the incorporation of  quality the U.S. and allies are providing. 

The Ukrainians besides person their ain quality postulation mechanisms that are proving effective. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley told a legislature committee connected Tuesday that the Ukrainian radical themselves are a built-in quality system. 

"The Russians person walked into an country that is intelligibly unwelcome to them, and the radical person provided a monolithic magnitude of intelligence," Milley said. "Plus we person opened up the pipes which I'm not going to go into item present successful an unfastened hearing, but there's a important magnitude of quality flowing to Ukraine from the United States."

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Eleanor Watson

CBS News newsman covering the Pentagon.

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