After a secret plan is leaked online, Ukraine considers measures to avoid military leaks.
Kyiv held a meeting on Friday to discuss ways to prevent leaks of military information. This came after secret documents detailing Western help for Ukraine reportedly ended up online.
The president’s office did not confirm whether a leak had occurred, nor did it refer to a New York Times report that detailed leaked documents about U.S. and NATO plans to build up the Ukrainian military.
The statement about the meeting instead focused on various topics discussed, including measures to prevent information leakage about defence forces plans.
On Thursday, the Pentagon started investigating how documents about plans to build up Ukrainian forces before their planned counter-offensive against invading Russian forces were posted on social media channels.
The leaked documents could not be immediately verified by Reuters, and the Kremlin did not respond to the request for comment.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak told Reuters that the document leak resembled a Russian disinformation operation that aimed to sow doubts about the counter-offensive.
He added that the leaked data contained a “very large amount of fictitious information,” and that Russia appeared to be trying to regain the initiative in its invasion, which is now in its 14th month.
Ukrainian troops have been battling against a Russian onslaught in its east for a few months. They hope to launch a counter-offensive in the upcoming weeks or months to wrest back occupied territory.
The Times’ report said that some parts of the documents appeared to have been modified.
One part offered an estimate for Ukrainian military losses that was higher than Western estimates. Ukraine does not disclose the scale of its losses and is very sensitive about the subject.
The conflict between Ukraine and Russia has been raging on for months, with Ukrainian troops trying to hold back a Russian offensive in the east. However, recent reports suggest that Ukraine is planning a counter-offensive in the coming weeks or months to reclaim occupied territory.
In the midst of this conflict, new information has come to light that suggests some of the documents being circulated about the conflict may have been tampered with.
According to a report by The Times, certain parts of the documents appeared to have been modified, including an estimate for Ukrainian military losses that was higher than Western estimates.
This is concerning for a number of reasons. Firstly, it raises questions about the accuracy of the information being circulated about the conflict. If documents are being tampered with, it becomes difficult to know what to believe.
Secondly, Ukraine is very sensitive about the subject of military losses. The fact that the estimate in question was higher than Western estimates suggests that the situation may be more dire than Ukraine is willing to admit.
This could have serious implications for the conflict, as it could indicate that Ukraine is not as prepared as it needs to be to effectively fight back against the Russian offensive.
Despite these concerns, it seems that Ukraine is determined to push forward with its plans for a counter-offensive. This is a risky move, given the strength of the Russian military and the fact that Ukraine has already suffered significant losses in the conflict.
However, Ukraine may feel that it has no choice but to take action. The longer the conflict drags on, the more damage it will do to the country’s economy and infrastructure. Additionally, the longer the conflict continues, the more likely it is that Russia will be able to cement its hold on the occupied territory.
It remains to be seen what the outcome of Ukraine’s counter-offensive will be. However, one thing is clear: the conflict between Ukraine and Russia is far from over, and the situation on the ground is more complicated than many people realize.
As the conflict continues to unfold, it is important that we remain vigilant and continue to seek out accurate information about what is happening.