WASHINGTON (AP) – Russia’s failures and increased resources in Ukraine show that its forces are unable to achieve President Vladimir Putin’s initial goals. invasion of the country As things stand now, the Pentagon’s intelligence chief said Friday.
“We’re just getting to the point where I think Putin is have to revise its objectives for this operation,” Defense Intelligence Agency director Lt. General Scott Barrier told an intelligence and national security conference outside Washington. “Because it’s pretty clear right now that he … he’s not going to be able to is what he initially intended to do.”
Putin sent troops to neighboring Ukraine in February, what US officials say was aimed at overthrowing Ukraine’s Western-friendly government. The Ukrainian army had driven Russian fighters out of their positions around the Ukrainian capital earlier in the war. And Russia suffered another major blow last week, when a Ukrainian The counter-attack forced his troops to retreat From large areas of the northeast of Ukraine.
“The Russians planned for an occupation, not necessarily an invasion, and this has repelled them,” Barrier said, calling on Putin to fully mobilize the Russian army to obtain more manpower in the fight. Referring to the reluctance of
President Joe Biden and other administration officials have taken care not to call Russia’s latest withdrawal a Ukrainian victory or a turning point in the war, and analysts warn it is impossible to assess what could happen next.
“He’s coming to a decision point,” Barrier said of Putin. “What that decision will be, we don’t know. But it will largely be driven by how long this conflict lasts.”
Barrier spoke on a panel with other senior officials at the Intelligence Community Intelligence and National Security Summit at National Harbor in Maryland, outside Washington.
Asked about concerns that Putin may bring weapons of mass destruction if he is foiled on the battlefield by US and NATO-backed Ukrainian forces, CIA deputy director David Cohen said: “Not me. I think we should be underestimating Putin’s adherence to his original agenda, which was to control Ukraine. I don’t think we have seen any reason to believe that he has withdrawn.”
Cohen said neither should the US underestimate Putin’s “ability to take risks”. At the start of the war, Putin and his officials signaled a massive retaliation by warning Russia’s nuclear arsenal and NATO not to engage in the conflict.
“That being said, we haven’t seen concrete evidence of planning for the use of WMDs,” Cohen said. Other security and intelligence officials said the more likely form of any Russian retaliation against the United States would be more attempts to interfere in the American political system.
Separately, at a major regional summit in Uzbekistan on Friday, Putin vowed to suppress attacks on Ukraine and warned that Moscow would intensify its attacks on the country’s infrastructure if Ukraine’s military targets facilities in Russia. could.
The conference was attended by leaders from China, India, Turkey and many other countries.
Putin said the “liberation” of Ukraine’s entire eastern Donbass region was Russia’s main military goal and saw no need to modify it.