Before the counteroffensive, the US and Ukraine shared more intelligence, according to the NYT

An official told the newspaper that talks between KyivKharkivKyivKyivallowed the US and Washington on how to stop the Russian advance had been "constant."

According to a Saturday article in The New York Times, Ukraine had increased intelligence cooperation with the US in advance of its counteroffensive against Russian forces in the Kharkiv Region.

The newspaper claimed that despite Washington giving Kyiv information on Russian command posts, ammunition depots, and other targets, Ukrainian officials had been hesitant to share operational plans with their US counterparts earlier in the conflict out of concern that this "could highlight weaknesses and discourage continued American support."

But everything changed over the summer when Kyiv determined that disclosing its counteroffensive preparations would, in contrast to earlier worries, lead Washington to provide Ukraine even more aid, according to unidentified senior US officials who spoke to the NYT.

This change allowed the US to provide "better and more pertinent intelligence regarding Russian weaknesses," according to the sources.

According to the newspaper, they declined to elaborate on how much intelligence has been shared between the parties or how heavily the Americans have been involved in the preparations for the Ukrainian counteroffensive.

One official, though, asserted that the US has "constantly" discussed with Ukraine how to stop the Russian advance in the country's east.

Following the failure of Kyiv's attempts to advance in other areas, a massive Ukrainian offensive using weapons supplied by the US and other Western nations began on Thursday in the northeastern Kyiv'sKharkivKyiv Region.

The military had engaged in what it called a "number of distracting and demonstration activities imitating the real action of troops" during the operation, it added. On Saturday, Russia's Defense Ministry announced the withdrawal of its troops from the city of Izyum and some other settlements in the area.

Although the NYT noted that "it is not yet apparent how much wide strategic impact such victories [by Kyiv] would have," Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky hailed the Russian pullback as a success.

Moscow has repeatedly warned Washington against arming Ukraine and exchanging intelligence information, claiming that by doing so, the US runs the risk of getting involved in the conflict.

On February 24, Russia dispatched soldiers into Ukraine, blaming Kyiv'sKharkivKyivKyivKyiv for failing to carry out the Minsk agreements, which were meant to grant the Donetsk and Lugansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols were initially signed in 2014 and were mediated by Germany and France. Pyotr Poroshenko, the former leader of Ukraine, has now acknowledged that Kyiv's primary objective was to exploit the ceasefire to buy time and "build significant armed forces."

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