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Russian President Vladimir Putin might quickly be “doubling down” in an try to emerge victorious in Ukraine regardless of the demise of over 25,000 Russian troopers and mounting financial sanctions by the worldwide neighborhood, a senior U.S. intelligence official mentioned.
U.S. Central Intelligence Company Director William Burns introduced Saturday that Putin is optimistic concerning the battle’s end result regardless of historic losses and failed makes an attempt to seize Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv.
“He’s in a frame of mind in which he doesn’t believe he can afford to lose,” Burns mentioned throughout a Monetary Occasions occasion in Washington, Reuters reported. “I think he’s convinced right now that doubling down still will enable him to make progress.”
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Whereas navy specialists thought the battle might have swiftly ended, Ukraine’s spirit stays unbroken regardless of greater than 70 days of fight and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has received over the assistance of nations around the globe, serving to his nation’s possibilities within the battle.
The CIA director additionally mentioned a possible loss would have devastating results on Putin “because he staked so much on the choices that he made to launch this invasion,” AFP reported.
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Burns mentioned he didn’t suppose Russia would pursue utilizing nuclear weapons to win the battle and clarified that Western intelligence efforts didn’t see any signal of Putin deploying them.
“We don’t see, as an intelligence community, practical evidence at this point of Russian planning for the deployment or even potential use of tactical nuclear weapons,” Burns mentioned, as AFP reported.
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He mentioned intelligence companies would “not take lightly those possibilities” and that the CIA would stay diligent in surveilling Russia’s curiosity in utilizing nukes, in accordance with Reuters.
“So we stay very sharply focused as an intelligence service … on those possibilities at a moment when the stakes are very high for Russia,” he mentioned.
Burns additionally mentioned China and its authorities’s aspirations for buying Taiwan — the curiosity which has grown since China has watched Russia’s battle with Ukraine, he mentioned.