US intel head: Fighting in Russia’s conflict in Ukraine runs at a “reduced tempo”
(MENAFN) The chief of US intelligence states fighting in Russia’s conflict in Ukraine is running at a “reduced tempo” and proposes Ukrainian troops might have brighter predictions in next months.
Avril Haines mentioned past claims by some that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s advisers might be shielding him from bad news — for Russia — about conflict changes, and stated he “is becoming more informed of the challenges that the military faces in Russia.”
“But it’s still not clear to us that he has a full picture of at this stage of just how challenged they are,” the US director of national intelligence announced late Saturday at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California.
Looking ahead, Haines added, “honestly we’re seeing a kind of a reduced tempo already of the conflict” and her team anticipates that the two sides will look to refit, resupply, and re-form for a likely Ukrainian counter-offensive in the spring.
“But we actually have a fair amount of skepticism as to whether or not the Russians will be in fact prepared to do that,” she continued. “And I think more optimistically for the Ukrainians in that timeframe.”
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