Pentagon denies blocking sharing of US intelligence

Pentagon denies blocking sharing of US intelligence

The Pentagon hasn't been accused of blocking the sharing of US intelligence with the International Criminal Court ICC about Russian war crimes in Ukraine. The defence department is opposed to using the Hague-based ICC as a means of holding Russian forces accountable for widespread war crimes on the grounds that precedent could be turned against US soldiers.

In a visit to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres told reporters it was important that a deal that allows safe passage for ships carrying grain from Ukraine across the Black Sea be renewed, with Ukraine traditionally being one of the world's largest exporters of grain. A senior UN trade official will meet Russian representatives to discuss the extension of the deal.

The New York Times reported that none of the intelligence reviewed by US officials suggested a pro-Ukrainian group carried out the attack on the Nord Stream pipelines in 2022. The report said that there was no evidence that President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, or his top lieutenants, were involved, or that the perpetrators were acting at the direction of Ukrainian government officials.