Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has stated that despite the recent controversy surrounding the mass leak of classified documents, Kyiv and Washington remain united.
Shmyhal, who had just returned from a three-day visit to the US, declined to comment on whether he had discussed the leak of documents during his meetings with US officials but emphasized that the two countries were “crucially united” on many important issues.
The leaked documents, which contain sensitive information about the war in Ukraine, have caused concern in both countries.
Some of the documents reveal key weaknesses in Ukrainian weaponry, air defense, and battalion sizes and readiness at a critical point in the war.
Additionally, one document reveals that the US has been spying on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Despite the seriousness of the leak, Shmyhal remained positive about the future of the US-Ukraine relationship.
He stated that he and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had discussed “many very important strategic issues,” and that the two countries were united in their preparations for a counteroffensive.
Shmyhal also suggested that the leak of the documents was tied to Russia, although he provided no evidence to support his claim.
He stated that he was confident that the investigation into the leak would uncover the truth.
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The leak of the documents comes at a time when the US and Ukraine have been developing a more mutually trusting relationship over intelligence sharing.
The leak has caused frustration among Ukrainian officials, who are concerned about the potential impact of the leak on the war effort.
Despite the challenges posed by the leak of the documents, the US and Ukraine remain committed to working together to resolve the conflict in Ukraine.
Shmyhal’s visit to Washington highlights the importance of the relationship between the two countries and the need for continued cooperation and support in the face of ongoing challenges.