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Putin prepared for prolonged conflict in Ukraine, US intelligence director says

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

The United States believes Russian President Vladimir is preparing for a long conflict in , U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told lawmakers on May 10.

“We assess President Putin is preparing for a prolonged conflict in Ukraine during which he still intends to achieve goals beyond the Donbas,” Haines told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

There are indications wants to extend a land bridge to Transdniester, the breakaway region in Moldova, she said in her testimony before the committee.

She added that Putin is counting on Western resolve to weaken over time and said that victory in the Donbas might not end the war.

“Putin most likely also judges that Russia has a greater ability and willingness to endure challenges than his adversaries, and he is probably counting on U.S. and

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