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

我们. 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 乌克兰’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, 路透社报道. “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 Volodymyr Zelenskyy 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, 俄国, 星期三, 游行 23, 2022. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a cabinet meeting via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, 俄国, 星期三, 游行 23, 2022. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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, 乌克兰, 星期四, 可能 5, 2022. (美联社照片)

Smoke rises from the Metallurgical Combine Azovstal in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, eastern in Mariupol, 乌克兰, 星期四, 可能 5, 2022. (美联社照片) (美联社照片 )

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 武器,” Burns said, as AFP 已报告.

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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, 根据 路透社.

So we stay very sharply focused as an intelligence serviceon those possibilities at a moment when the stakes are very high for 俄国,” 他说.

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, 关于 200 公里 (125 英里) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region Tsiolkovsky , 俄国, 星期二, 四月 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, 关于 200 公里 (125 英里) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region Tsiolkovsky , 俄国, 星期二, 四月 12, 2022. (Evgeny Biyatov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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, 他说.

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