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Angry Putin Set to ‘Double Down’ in Ukraine, Intel Chiefs Warn Lawmakers

Intelligence officials outlined numerous miscalculations by Putin as Russia continues its devastating assault on Ukraine.
Intelligence officials outlined numerous miscalculations by Putin as Russia continues its devastating assault on Ukraine.
Intelligence officials outlined numerous miscalculations by Putin as Russia continues its devastating assault on Ukraine.

Intelligence experts Tuesday painted a picture of an increasingly determined Vladimir Putin set to “double down” on his invasion of Ukraine despite being ill-prepared for the consequences to Russia’s economy and with little prospect for long-term success.

“I think Putin is angry and frustrated right now. He’s likely to double down and try to grind down the Ukrainian military with no regard for civilian casualties,” CIA Director William Burns told lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee during the yearly worldwide threats hearing.

“But the challenge that he faces, and this is the biggest question that’s hung over our analysis of his planning for months now … is he has no sustainable political end game in the face of what is going to continue to be fierce resistance from Ukrainians.”

Russia’s intervention in Ukraine dominated an annual hearing designed to review a vast number of threats facing the U.S., unifying a committee, whose members have at times been critical of the intelligence community, in heaping praise on the five officials assembled before them.

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