Russia or pro-Russian components are possible behind the leak of a number of categorized US navy paperwork posted on social media that provide a partial, month-old snapshot of the struggle in Ukraine, three US officers advised Reuters on Friday, whereas the Justice Division mentioned individually it was investigating the leak. Observe FRANCE 24’s reside weblog for all the most recent developments on the struggle in Ukraine. All instances are Paris time (GMT+2).
8:04am: Russia possible behind US navy doc leak, US officers say
Russia or pro-Russian components are possible behind the leak of a number of categorized US military paperwork posted on social media that provide a partial, month-old snapshot of the war in Ukraine, three US officers advised Reuters on Friday, whereas the Justice Division mentioned individually it was investigating the leak.
The paperwork seem to have been altered to decrease the variety of casualties suffered by Russian forces, the US officers mentioned, including their assessments have been casual and separate from the investigation into the leak itself.
The US officers spoke on situation of anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter and declined to debate the paperwork in any element.
An preliminary batch of paperwork circulated on websites together with Twitter and Telegram, dated March 1 and bearing markings displaying them categorized as “Secret” and “Prime Secret.”
In a while Friday, a further batch showing to element US nationwide safety secrets and techniques pertaining to areas together with Ukraine, the Center East and China surfaced on social media, The New York Times reported.
Former senior Pentagon official Mick Mulroy advised The New York Occasions the leak was “a major breach in safety” that dangers adversely affecting Ukraine’s navy planning.
10:18pm: Zelensky hosts iftar, slams Russian ‘repression’ of Crimea Muslims
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday criticised Russia’s remedy of the Muslim-minority Tatar group in Kremlin-controlled Crimea and vowed to recapture the peninsula from Russia throughout a primary official state iftar.
“Russia’s try and enslave Ukraine … started precisely with the occupation of Crimea, precisely with repressions towards Crimean, Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar freedom and of Crimean Muslims,” he advised Ukrainian Muslim leaders and ambassadors from Muslim nations.
Russia wrested management of the Black Sea territory from Ukraine in 2014 and pushed by means of a referendum on the annexation that was condemned as fraudulent and illegitimate by Ukraine and its Western allies. The Tatar group, which accounted for 12-15 % of the 2 million Crimea residents, largely boycotted the 2014 vote.
5:42pm: Russia formally prices US reporter with espionage
Russian investigators on Friday formally charged American journalist Evan Gershkovich with espionage. Gershkovich, who works for the Wall Road Journal, has denied the costs.
“FSB investigators charged Gershkovich with espionage within the pursuits of his nation. He categorically denied all accusations and said that he was engaged in journalistic actions in Russia,” Russian state-run company TASS mentioned citing a regulation enforcement supply.
(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and Reuters)