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New Pentagon Leaks Expose Russian Infighting Over Death Toll

Nearly a dozen new Pentagon leaks expose Russian infighting over death toll war in Ukraine, worries that the UN's head has been too "accommodating" to Moscow, pressure from Beijing on an Arab ally of the U.S., and Chinese technology that could "hijack" Western satellites and get into Defense Department supply chains.

Cecilia Jones
Apr 14, 202359 Shares1637 Views
Nearly a dozen new Pentagon leaks expose Russian infighting over death toll war in Ukraine, worries that the UN's head has been too "accommodating" to Moscow, pressure from Beijing on an Arab ally of the U.S., and Chinese technology that could "hijack" Western satellites and get into Defense Department supply chains.
The new documents, which weren't in the 53-page set that got a lot of attention online last week, show that the Russian government is fighting over how many people have died and been hurt in the Ukraine war. The domestic intelligence agency says that the military is hiding how many people Russia has lost.

New Pentagon Leaks Expose Russian Infighting Over Death Toll

Leak of secret Pentagon documents on Ukraine sparks probe

Leaked US documents show that disagreements in Russia's security system led to accusations that the defense ministry undercounted the number of people killed in the war in Ukraine. Russia hasn't said much in public about how many people have died in its wars.
But the files show that the FSB security service said that the Russian National Guard, Wagner mercenaries, and other people who died were not counted. Russia has already said that the leaks could be fakes that the US is putting out there on purpose.
But this detail backs up what most people already knew: that Russia's military and security groups have often disagreed about how to handle the war in Ukraine and that Russia has kept quiet about how many people have died and been hurt.
One document talks about how Russia was fighting with itself over the number of troops that had been killed. Officials at Moscow's Federal Security Service (FSB) said that Russia's Ministry of Defense "hid" Russian deaths in Ukraine by not counting deaths from the National Guard, Wagner Group, Chechen mercenaries, and other unofficial groups.
The document says that the FSB said the real number of Russians who died or were hurt was closer to 110,000. This is a much higher number than what the Kremlin has said publicly. In September 2022, the latest report from the Russian Ministry of Defense said that only 5,937 Russian soldiers had been killed in combat. The entry says that the dispute shows the "continuing reluctance of military officials to convey bad news up the chain of command."
In another document, Russian President Vladimir Putin is shown trying to settle a disagreement between his military leaders and the leader of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin. Prigozhin had publicly said that Moscow had not given his men fighting in Ukraine enough ammunition. When looked at as a whole, the documents show some of the main reasons why, in the opinion of many analysts, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin has not been able to win a military victory in Ukraine after more than 13 months of fighting.
The F.S.B. and the Defense Ministry, which were in charge of different parts of the war, were fighting with each other and pointing fingers. The leaked entry about the number of casualties doesn't say much about what the intelligence officials found, but it does say that the F.S.B. is questioning the Defense Ministry's own count of casualties in Russian government talks.

Conclusion

US military documents that are supposed to be kept secret keep getting out, new Pentagon leaks expose Russian infighting over death toll, this is putting the Pentagon on high alert while Washington tries to stop the leaks' effects.
Leaked classified intelligence documents show that the fighting inside the Russian government is bigger and more serious than was thought before. The leaks reveal sensitive state secrets, such as how Ukraine is getting ready for an offensive in the spring, and suggest that the United States has been spying on its allies.
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