A top Ukrainian adviser has claimed that the United States is planning to sink Russian warships and that “Destruction‘S Black Sea Fleet, after reports that Washington wanted to supply advanced anti-ship missiles to Ukraine’s military. The Pentagon has denied the allegations.
Anton Geraschenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, said Statement He said on social media on Thursday that discussions were under way on how the United States could help break Russia’s blockade of the Black Sea ports.
“The United States is planning to destroy the Black Sea Fleet.” He wrote. “It simply came to our notice then [Russian] Warships for sure [the US] To prepare a plan to unblock the ports. Powerful anti-ship weapons (harpoon and naval strike missiles with a range of 250-300 km) are being discussed. ”
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby denied the Kyiv official’s claim during a press briefing on Friday. “I can tell you for sure that this is not true.”
Gerashchenko quoted a recent Reuters report as saying that the Biden administration was “Working to keep advanced anti-ship missiles in the hands of Ukrainian fighters to overcome Russia’s naval blockade.” Mention the Harpoon and Naval Strike Missile by name.
The report cites some obstacles to sending such weapons to Kiev, however “Limited availability of platform for launching harpoon from shore,” Given that it is basically a sea-based missile. Anonymous U.S. officials say the White House is looking for a solution that includes “Pull a launcher from a US ship.”
When asked about anti-ship missiles, Kirby said he “Go ahead before that decision is made.” He noted that the United States “Talking to Ukrainians every day, ” US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov on Friday..
“When we make a decision, we come straight here and issue a press release.” Kirby said.
Alleged talk of anti-ship weapons follows media reports that Washington helped Ukrainian forces sink Russia’s Black Sea flagship – guided-missile cruiser ‘Moskva’ – off the coast of Odessa last month. U.S. officials have denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Kyrgyzstan have been made more than once “Russia has its own intelligence capability to track and target ships, as they did in this case.” And that US intelligence did not provide assistance in locating and injuring the ship.
Moscow has offered a different version of the incident, maintaining that ‘Moscow’ sank after a fire caused by an explosion in a weapons magazine, but confirmed the death of one sailor and left 27 others missing since the ship went missing.
Although U.S. officials have not yet publicly confirmed whether anti-ship weapons have been assigned to Ukraine, U.S. military assistance to the country has steadily increased since the Russian invasion began in late February. The recent passage of a huge new $ 40 billion aid package has brought total US aid to about $ 54 billion since March. Hardware currently supplied includes anti-tank javelin missiles, anti-aircraft stinger, long-range artillery pieces, armored vehicles, drones, light weapons and ammunition, and other gear. The latest aid bill is also expected to provide for Patriot anti-air missile batteries, as the weapon was out of the table despite earlier comments from Pentagon officials.
“There is no talk of keeping Patriot batteries in Ukraine. To do that, you have to work with the US military to manage it. “ A senior defense official told the media in March. “This is not a system that Ukrainians are familiar with, and as we have made clear, no US troops will fight in Ukraine.”
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
The United States is directly involved in the Ukraine conflict – Moscow