US spies help Ukraine kill eight Russian generals, 36 colonels and 300 officers

America has been secretly helping Ukraine in its fight against Vladimir Putin and has provided intel leading to the deaths of eight generals, 36 colonels and 300 officers.

The move, which is sure to infuriate the despot, comes as estimated Russian losses in the conflict top 20,000.

Speaking to NBC News, US officials confirmed that US intelligence had been used by the Ukrainians from the outset of the conflict.

They said the US helped Ukraine target Russian forces by sharing intelligence on when missiles and bombs were intended to strike.

A US official said: "From the get-go, we leaned pretty heavily forward in sharing both strategic and actionable intelligence with Ukraine.

"It’s been impactful both at a tactical and strategic level. There are examples where you could tell a pretty clear story that this made a major difference."

Major General Vladimir Frolov, deputy commander of the 8th Combined Arms Army, became the latest general to be laid to rest earlier in another major blow to his war effort.

Col Mikhail Nagamov, 41, from the sixth engineer-sapper regiment from the Yaroslavl region, also died on April 13 "while performing a combat mission" in Ukraine.

“There has been a lot of real-time intelligence shared in terms of things that could be used for specific targeting of Russian forces,” an ex senior intelligence official told NBC.

This would include commercial satellite images and other intelligence such as where certain types of Russian units are active, they added.

However, the publication has agreed to hold back some details about the operation at the request of the US military amid concerns it could help Russia close down important sources of information.

Officials said fighters in Ukraine were able to hit a Russian transport plane near Kyiv thanks to coordinates supplied by the US.

The strike proved crucial in the battle for the capital as it weakened Putin's troops who were forced to use the road instead of the airfield.

Another official told of certain instances where Ukraine was able to move aircraft and air defences just in time.

"The Russian military has literally been cratering empty fields where air defences were once set up," they said adding that this has had an "enormous" effect on Russia's ground troops.

While another claimed that the CIA aims to help protect Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky and is in communication with the country on "how best to move him around."

The intelligence-gathering mission also aims to consult with Ukraine in order to make sure Zelensky is "not co-located with his entire chain of command, things like that", the source added.

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