Ukrainian Prosecutor General: ‘Leak Has No Influence On Our Work’

Ukrainian Prosecutor General: ‘Leak Has No Influence On Our Work’
Attorney General Merrick Garland meets with Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin (R) at the Department of Justice in Washington on April 17, 2023. (Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin assured on April 17 that the leak of U.S. documents related to Russia’s war in Ukraine will have no effect on his office’s work in holding those behind the invasion accountable.

In response to a question during a press conference before a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, Kostin said that the “leak has no influence on our work.”

One of the leaked documents revealed that there have been military special forces from the United States and elsewhere on the ground in Ukraine.

One paper—“US, Allied, and Partner UAF Combat Power Build”—showed the timeline of military equipment committed to Ukraine by the United States and its allies between January and April 2023.

It also showed the timeline for training Ukrainian personnel on the equipment.

Another document is about the equipment buildup for Ukraine ahead of its expected spring offensive and the types of equipment and how many of each have been pledged and delivered.

One document showed the status of the conflict as of Feb. 28 and another showed the same, but as of March 1.

Moreover, another document encapsulated the response of U.S. allies to the conflict divided into four categories: whether they have provided or committed to training Ukrainian armed forces, whether they have committed or provided lethal aid to Ukraine, whether they have the ability to provide future lethal assistance, and whether they have the political will to provide lethal assistance to the Eastern European nation.

Additionally, there was a document highlighting the possibility that Israel provides lethal aid to Ukraine.

One of the four possible scenarios is “Russia continues to allow Iranian advanced conventional weapons through Syria, prompting Israel to request expanded U.S. support for Israeli counter-Iran activities in exchange for lethal aid to Ukraine.”

Israel has come out against the war, but it has refrained from providing lethal assistance as it has a strategic relationship with Russia in Syria, where Iran-backed forces continue to operate.

Also, Israel is home to many Russian Jews, and giving lethal aid to Ukraine could jeopardize the chances of more Russian Jews immigrating to Israel.

Russia has tried to shutter Russia’s branch of the Jewish Agency, which helps facilitate immigration to the Jewish state.

Jack Teixeira, a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, was arrested last week for allegedly leaking the documents. He is facing charges under the Espionage Act.

A judge on April 14 ordered Teixiera—who had held a top-secret clearance—to be held in custody pending a detention hearing on April 19.

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