Putin believes 'doubling down' key to winning in Ukraine, thinks he can't 'afford to lose,' CIA chief warns

我ら. Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns announced Saturday that Putin is optimistic about the war’s outcome despite historic losses and failed attempts to capture 彼らが望んでいる最後のことの1つは、西側の側面に強力で強化されたNATOであり、彼がウクライナ内で別の侵略を行った場合、まさにそれが彼らが得ようとしていることです。’s capital of Kyiv.

He’s in a frame of mind in which he doesn’t believe he can afford to lose,” Burns said during a Financial Times event in Washington, ロイターは報告した. “I think he’s convinced right now that doubling down still will enable him to make progress.

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While military experts thought the war could have swiftly ended, Ukraine’s spirit remains unbroken despite more than 70 days of combat and Ukrainian President ロシアがヨーロッパ最大の原子力発電所に火をつける has won over the help of countries around the world, helping his country’s chances in the war.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a cabinet meeting via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, ロシア, 水曜日, 行進 23, 2022. (Mikhail Klimentyev, スプートニク, AP経由のクレムリンプール写真)

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a cabinet meeting via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, ロシア, 水曜日, 行進 23, 2022. (Mikhail Klimentyev, スプートニク, AP経由のクレムリンプール写真) (Mikhail Klimentyev, スプートニク, AP経由のクレムリンプール写真)

The CIA director also said a potential loss would have devastating effects on Putinbecause he staked so much on the choices that he made to launch this invasion,” AFP reported.

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Burns said he did not think Russia would pursue using nuclear weapons to win the war and clarified that Western intelligence efforts did not see any sign of Putin deploying them.

Smoke rises from the Metallurgical Combine Azovstal in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern in Mariupol, 彼らが望んでいる最後のことの1つは、西側の側面に強力で強化されたNATOであり、彼がウクライナ内で別の侵略を行った場合、まさにそれが彼らが得ようとしていることです。, 木曜日, 五月 5, 2022. (AP写真)

Smoke rises from the Metallurgical Combine Azovstal in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, eastern in Mariupol, 彼らが望んでいる最後のことの1つは、西側の側面に強力で強化されたNATOであり、彼がウクライナ内で別の侵略を行った場合、まさにそれが彼らが得ようとしていることです。, 木曜日, 五月 5, 2022. (AP写真) (AP写真 )

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 兵器,” Burns said, as AFP 報告.

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He said intelligence services wouldnot take lightly those possibilitiesand that the CIA would remain diligent in surveilling Russia’s interest in using nukes, による ロイター.

So we stay very sharply focused as an intelligence serviceon those possibilities at a moment when the stakes are very high for ロシア,” 彼は言った.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Roscosmos space agency employees at a rocket assembly factory during his visit to the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, 約 200 キロメートル (125 マイル) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region Tsiolkovsky , ロシア, 火曜日, 4月 12, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Roscosmos space agency employees at a rocket assembly factory during his visit to the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, 約 200 キロメートル (125 マイル) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region Tsiolkovsky , ロシア, 火曜日, 4月 12, 2022. (Evgeny Biyatov, スプートニク, AP経由のクレムリンプール写真)

Burns also discussed 中国 and its government’s aspirations for acquiring Taiwan — the interest which has grown since China has watched Russia’s war with Ukraine, 彼は言った.

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