Intelligence sources in the Pentagon say Ukraine has lost the war as Kiev’s counter offensive to reach Mariupol fails US journalist Seymour Hersh reports
US intelligence analysts believe that Ukraine has given up on its counteroffensive against Russia and the only thing prolonging the conflict is the unwillingness of Washington and Kiev to acknowledge its failure, a source has told investigative journalist Seymour Hersh.
The GSAC deep beneath the Pentagon
Writing on Substack on Thursday, the veteran reporter cited an unnamed source, who “spent the early years of his career working against Soviet aggression and spying” as rejecting the Ukrainian narrative about slow but steady progress in its counteroffensive.
“‘It’s all lies,’” the source said, according to Hersh. “‘The war is over. Russia has won. There is no Ukrainian offensive anymore, but the White House and the American media have to keep the lie going.’”
Gen. Mark Milley (right) observes intelligence about the frontlines of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at a global situational awareness facility in the Pentagon. CBS NEWS
This sentiment is shared by many figures in the US intelligence community, and the CIA in particular has been skeptical of Kiev’s claims of a continued push forward, unlike the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), he explained.
Deep within the bowels of the Pentagon is the Global Situational Awareness Facility(GSAF) a top-secret command center where all the intelligence collected from the battlefields of Ukraine is monitored by the Joint Staff who channel the information to General Mark Milley the chairman of the Joint Chiefs on a day-to-day basis what’s happening in the current operations.
Milley said in a CBS interview last week, “The fog and friction of war is always present, but our information systems are pretty good.”
When asked if the U.S. shares with Ukraine what it knows about Russian troop movements, Milley replied, “Our intelligence pipes to Ukraine are quite open, for sure. And of course, the CIA and interagency, NSA, all those guys … There’s pretty open pipes on intel to Ukraine.”
Russian military command say Kiev’s forces have lost more than 66,000 troops and over 7,600 heavy weapons since launching their push in early June. The Ukrainian goal is to reach the crossroads city of Mariupol, where they would be in a position to cut Russian liberated territory in two.
Moscow has denied the US claim that the operation against Ukraine was an act of “unprovoked aggression,” insisting that the people of Donbass had the right of self-determination under the UN Charter and acted accordingly when they broke away from Ukraine after the 2014 armed coup in Kiev.
The Russian government has maintained that it acted lawfully when it recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Luganks People’s Republics in February 2022. Days later, after Kiev refused to stop attacks on Donbass and pull out its troops, Moscow launched its offensive.