Putin prepares for protracted war in Ukraine: US spy chief

Putin is counting on Western resolve weakening over time.  photo afp
Reuters

USA believes that the Russian president, Vladimir Putinis preparing for a long conflict in Ukraine and that a Russian victory in Donbas, in the east of the country, may not end the war, the director of National Intelligence of the United States, Avril Haines, said on Tuesday.

We assess that President Putin is preparing for a protracted conflict in Ukraine during which he still intends to achieve goals beyond Donbas,” Haines told US lawmakers.

He added that Putin is counting on Western resolve weakening over time.

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