US officers stated on Friday (April 7) that Russia or pro-Russian parts have been prone to be behind the leak of a number of secret paperwork posted on social media. These paperwork appeared to have been altered to decrease the variety of casualties suffered by Russian troops. The unnamed officers have been quoted by Reuters.
There was no instant remark from Kremlin and Russian embassy in Washington.
Reuters stated that The Pentagon has declined to touch upon the authenticity of the paperwork circulating on websites together with Twitter and Telegram, that are dated March 1 and bear markings exhibiting them categorized as “Secret” and “High Secret.”
A leak of such delicate paperwork is extremely uncommon and would robotically set off an investigation.
“We’re conscious of the stories of social media posts and the Division (of Protection) is reviewing the matter,” Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh stated.
One doc posted on social media stated 16,000 to 17,500 Russian forces had been killed since Russia’s Feb. 24, 2022, invasion of Ukraine.
The US believes that precise determine is way greater, at round 200,000 Russians killed and wounded, officers say.
The Pentagon’s evaluation of the obvious leak was first reported by the New York Instances.
Russia attacked Ukraine in February final yr. After preliminary beneficial properties, the Russian forces have been compelled to retreat within the face of Ukrainian counterattack.
(With inputs from businesses)
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