US: Putin prepares for protracted war in Ukraine


THE Washington estimates that the Russian president Vladimir Putin prepares for a long conflict in Ukraine and a Russian victory in the Donbass in the eastern part of Ukraine can do not terminate the warsaid today the head of the US Intelligence Services, Avril Haynes.

“We believe that President Putin is preparing for a protracted war in Ukraine during which he still intends to achieve goals beyond Donbas,” Haynes told lawmakers.

He added that Putin expected the West’s resolve to weaken over time.

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