U.S. intelligence agencies say Vladimir Putin is preparing for a “protracted” conflict, and wants to seize territory.
Avril Haynes, director of the National Intelligence Service, told Congress on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was preparing for the attack in the eyes of US intelligence. “Prolonged” Conflict in Ukraine, and sought to establish control of the southern coast of Ukraine from Donbass in the east to Transnistria in the west.
“We assess that President Putin is preparing for a protracted conflict in Ukraine where he still wants to achieve goals outside of Donbass.” Haynes made the remarks at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Haynes explained his point “Hint,” Putin is seeking to extend Russian control from the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, which together form the Donbas region, along Ukraine’s Black Sea coast to the Transnistria province on the Moldovan border.
Doing so would be a major strategic victory for Russia and would landlock Ukraine. However, Russia’s intentions in this regard are unclear. After sending troops to Ukraine in February, Putin said that Russia’s military operation was aimed at “Disarmament” From Ukraine, “Denizify” Its leadership, and to protect the Russian-speaking population of the Donbass Republic, who have been living under legal and military repression since 2014. Putin did not mention any clear regional goals for Ukraine.
According to US intelligence chiefs, Putin will have to declare full solidarity and call in additional troops to take over as far as Transnistria, which has not yet happened. However, with fighting raging along the borders of the Donbas Republic and Ukrainian territory, Haynes said that Russia’s current deployment forces would probably try “Crush the most capable and well-equipped Ukrainian forces fighting to retain the front line” In “Nearby sounds.”
The United States and its NATO allies have poured billions of dollars worth of weapons into Ukraine to slow this progress, Haynes claims. “Putin has probably also judged that Russia has the capacity and the will to face challenges more than its opponents.” And that “He is probably relying on the United States and the EU to weaken because of food shortages, inflation and worsening fuel prices.”
Significantly, while the European Union and the United States have been shocked by the rise in inflation and record gas prices, the White House has so far Insisted So that Americans will not experience food shortages. Haynes’s statement marks the first time any U.S. official has acknowledged that this could be the case.
Haynes also referred to the situation in Ukraine as Russia “Military conflict with Ukraine and the West,” A clear recognition of the role of the United States as a participant. In the eyes of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the West is just that “Going to war with Russia through proxies” Due to sharing weapons and intelligence with Kiev.
The Biden administration and lawmakers on both sides have decided to continue bankrolling Kiev’s military. Congress on Monday reached an agreement to send about 40 40 billion in military and other aid to Ukraine, about 7 7 billion more than Biden wanted last week, and Biden signed the Land-Lease Act of 2022 on Monday, removing legal limits on the amount. Washington could send weapons to Kyiv.
Haynes told the Senate that Putin would probably try to block arms shipments from the United States “Upcoming weeks.” Russian forces have already destroyed numerous warehouses and stockpiles of foreign-supplied weapons, and Moscow says these weapons, as well as convoys transporting them across the Ukrainian border, form. “Legitimate goal.”
“Both Russia and Ukraine believe they can continue to make progress militarily.” Haynes added: “At least in the short term we do not see the way to an effective negotiation.”