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Tension between Russia and the United States has intensified even further over the bloody war on Ukraine.
Russia’s defence ministry has claimed that intelligence provided by the US to Ukraine led to the “mass deaths of civilians” and constitutes the US being "directly involved" in the war.
The shocking accusation continues to accuse the US of going back on its word and becoming "directly involved" in the conflict sanctioned by Vladimir Putin.
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President Joe Biden's administration had maintained that it would limit its participation in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to providing military aid and funding to Kyiv, the Express reports.
On Monday, Ukraine’s deputy head of military intelligence said Ukraine was using "real time" intelligence from Western countries in their war effort, adding that the US supply of HIMARS, or high mobility artillery rocket systems, had had a significant impact in striking Russian facilities and supply stores.
General Vadym Skibitsky told The Telegraph: “As far as military intelligence is concerned [Britain and the US have provided] almost everything from information to equipment.”
He said Britain was providing “minute-to-minute, real-time information [of] all kinds”.
He then added: “I can’t tell you whether [we are directly tasking] British and American satellites, but we have very good satellite imagery.
“We have very good cooperation with our partners in the UK in this field. We have very good communication with all the sister intelligence agencies.”
However, the major general said the US was not feeding Ukrainian forces intelligence on direct targets which would leave the US more deeply embroiled in the conflict.
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He said there was some level of dialogue between Kyiv and Washington on potential targets, with the US able to have some input if the targets were deemed unacceptable.
Russia’s defence ministry hit back at the comments, saying that intelligence provided by the US to Ukraine had led to the “mass deaths of civilians” and constituted "direct" involvement.
The ministry said: “All this undeniably proves that Washington, contrary to White House and Pentagon claims, is directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine.”
Russian foreign ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, described the remarks as an admission of US involvement in its “purest form”.
She said: “No other confirmation of the direct involvement of the United States in the hostilities on the territory of Ukraine is required.
“The supply of weapons is accompanied not only by instructions on its use, but in this case they perform the function of gunners in their purest form.”
Russian defence ministry spokesperson, Igor Konashenkov, called the comments made by General Skibitsky an “official confession”.
He said the Russian military “has marked it and will keep in mind this official confession”.
The US has already fed over $8 billion, or £6.5 billion, into Ukraine in military and security assistance since the invasion.
On Monday, the US announced a further $550 million earmarked for Kyiv.
Four further HIMARS arrived in Ukraine earlier this week, bringing the total to 16.
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