Russian invasion: Situation report day 411
April 10, 2023 - Leaked Pentagon papers show that Ukrainian S-300 air-defences and ammunition could be depleted by May 2 at current usage, which could prove critical to control of the skies.
Ukrainian officials have denounced the leak as fake information and that it is part of a Russian disinformation campaign, with battlefield estimates for Ukrainian casualties also altered to appear higher and Russian casualties lowered.
Nevertheless, the U.S. has launched an interagency investigation to review and assess the validity of the documents, in which the breadth of the data - from Ukraine, China, the Middle East and Africa - suggests that it may have been from an American source rather than one of its allies, as many of the papers were only in American hands. U.S. officials have also speculated that Russia or pro-Russian elements could be behind the leak.
The leak could also have an impact on U.S. relations with its allies after claims emerged that in South Korea the CIA had been monitoring senior officials’ discussions regarding arms sales ending up in Ukraine.