According to the director of U.S. intelligence, the battle in Russia’s conflict in Ukraine is moving at a “lower speed,” and Ukrainian forces may face better chances in the coming months.
Avril Haines made a passing reference to previous claims made by some that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s advisors may be protecting him from unfavorable developments regarding the conflict, saying that he “is becoming more informed of the issues that the military faces in Russia.”
At the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday, the American director of national intelligence said, “But it’s still not evident to us that he has a comprehensive view of at this moment just how difficult they are.”
Soon, according to Haines, “honestly, we’re seeing a kind of a slowed tempo of the fight,” and her team anticipates that both sides will attempt to replenish, reorganize, and re-equip themselves for a potential Ukrainian counter-offensive in the spring.
However, she added, “We genuinely doubt the Russians will be willing to do that. And I have had a more positive outlook on the Ukrainians throughout that time.
In its most recent intelligence assessment published on Sunday, the British Ministry of Defense cited fresh evidence from an unaffiliated Russian media site showing the public’s support for the military operation in Russia was “dropping dramatically.”
The Federal Protection Service, which is in charge of protecting the Kremlin and other government figures, recently conducted a confidential opinion survey, according to Meduza.
According to the survey, which the Kremlin ordered, 55% of respondents supported peace talks with Ukraine, while 25% wanted the conflict to continue. The margin of error was not included in the report.
In a comparable survey conducted in November, the leading independent pollster in Russia, Levada Center, discovered that 53% of respondents were in favor of peace negotiations, 41% were in favor of keeping up the battle, and 6% were unsure.
The margin of error for that 1,600-person survey was no more than 3.4%.