– I think Putin is angry and frustrated right now.
This is what CIA director William Burns said according to several reporters present during the ongoing hearing in Congress where intelligence leaders in the US are gathering to discuss the situation in Ukraine.
Burns also added that he believed Putin’s losses in Ukraine were greater than reported and that the Russian president would not consider civilian casualties, according to Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’ chief correspondent in Washington DC.
.@CIA Director William Burns old #Putin expert says he’s frustrated and angry that he’s likely to double down on his flawed assumption of not being able to maintain a puppet regime in Ukraine his troop losses are greater than reported he won’t pay attention to civilian casualties
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) March 8, 2022
“We are witnessing the largest military conflict in Europe since World War II,” said Adam Schiff, chairman of the Congressional Intelligence Committee. channel.
– Don’t think Ukraine is a country
The CIA director further said that Putin is determined to control and dominate Ukraine.
– He does not think that Ukraine is a real country. Well, he was wrong. Real nations can strike back, Burns said.
He later praised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for the opposition he and the people of the country showed to the Russian regime.
Joe Biden’s intelligence director, Avril Haines, agrees with Burns.
He claimed that Putin basically believed that the conflict would last for several days.
– As we consider, Putin is offended that the West does not give him the respect he deserves and considers this a war that he cannot defeat. What he might be willing to accept as a win could change over time, given the significant costs he incurs, Haines said according to Los Angeles Times.
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