CBS partially retracts documentary that outraged Ukraine by claiming that US weapon shipments were going missing

Ukrainian soldiers man a howitzer during artillery exercises in Kharkiv region, northeastern Ukraine, June 14, 2021.Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy/ Ukrinform/Future Publishing via Getty Images
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CBS said it is updating a documentary that says most weapons sent to Ukraine don't reach the front lines.
She acknowledged that a figure she cited that only 30% of military aid is arriving is out of date.
The documentary angered some in the Ukrainian government. CBS said it was adding "new information."
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CBS partially withdrew a documentary that said US arms shipments to Ukraine had disappeared.
CBS tweeted Monday that it had removed a video promoting the documentary, which contained a months-old quote that said most relief supplies would not make it to the frontlines in Ukraine.
It said it was updating the documentary, titled "Arming Ukraine," with "new information" about the delivery of military aid to Ukraine.
Among the removed footage was a quote from the founder of the pro-Ukrainian non-profit organization Blue-Yellow, Jonas Ohman, who said in late April that only about 30% of the aid reached the frontlines in Ukraine.
CBS said, "Since that time, delivery has improved, according to Ohman." It also noted that the US had deployed an official - Brigadier General Garrick M. Harmon - specifically to Kyiv to oversee the deployment of military aid.
"We are updating our documentation to reflect this new information and broadcast at a later date," CBS said.
CBS also updated an article accompanying the documentary.
The US and other nations have been sending massive amounts of arms to Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24.
Ukraine has repeatedly called the aid groundbreaking for its defense, recently highlighting the US gift of long-range HIMARS artillery as a crucial tool.
CBS found that allied countries are sending weapons to Ukraine's border with Poland, where they are taken to the front lines hundreds of miles to the east.
The moving front line and the need to rely in part on volunteers to transport the weapons "have made the delivery of military aid difficult for those attempting to navigate the dangerous supply lines to their destination," CBS reported.
The Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security argued against the documentary's claims.
It detailed a series of oversight measures designed to help keep track of donated guns, including a system also used by the US military.
It noted that CBS did not initially seek comment from Harmon, the senior US officer.
"Ukraine has officially invited representatives of its partners to monitor the use of weapons and strive for maximum transparency," it said.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, seemed to respond to the documentary in a tweet on Sunday, which said Russia was trying to discredit Ukraine with "claims" about where its weapons end up.
State-run Russian media, including RIA Novosti and Channel One, reported prominently on CBS's claims after the broadcast.
Podolyak said the location of all weapons handed over to Ukraine is known: "This is a war life where everything is seen: total reckoning and control."
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