The head of the CIA assured that the war in Ukraine weakened Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin began the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 (Europa Press/Contact/Alexander Kazakov/Kremlin Po) (Europa Press/Contact/Alexander /)

At a time when the president of the United States, Joe Bidenredoubles efforts to get Congress to approve a new military aid package for Ukraine, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), William J. Burnspublished a column this Tuesday in the North American magazine Foreign Affairs in which. Among other topics, he analyzed the current situation of the war in Ukraine, which on February 24 will mark two years since Vladimir Putin gave the green light to Russian troops to invade the neighboring country.

The director of North American intelligence maintains that on February 24, 2022, with the Russian invasion, the post-Cold War era ended. According to him, these almost 24 months of conflict weakened the head of the Kremlin.

“Putin’s war has already been a failure for Russia on many levels”, he remarked. And he considered “foolish and illusory” Putin’s main goal of taking control of kyiv to turn Ukraine into another satellite state of Moscow.

When speaking of “failure,” Burns recalls that the Russian Army suffered “immense damage” in these almost two years of war. At least 315,000 soldiers were killed or wounded in combat, while two-thirds of the tank inventory was destroyed. “And Putin’s military modernization program. which had been boasted about for decades, has come to nothing,” he added.

Beyond the obvious miscalculations of the Russian president, the director of the CIA indicated that these damages suffered by the Russian Army are partly “a direct result of the courage and skill of the Ukrainian soldiers.” Along these lines, he also highlighted and valued the support of the West.

William Burns, head of the CIA, considered that it would be a serious mistake for the United States to ignore the war in Ukraine (Tom Williams/Pool via REUTERS)
William Burns, head of the CIA, considered that it would be a serious mistake for the United States to ignore the war in Ukraine (Tom Williams/Pool via REUTERS) (POOL New/)

Burns explains that the consequences of the war are also being felt by the Russian population, with the economy seriously damaged and which will continue to suffer setbacks in the long term. In his analysis he also warned that Putin chose to seal Russia’s fate “as China’s economic vassal.”

Likewise, he opined that Putin’s “exaggerated ambitions” pushed NATO to strengthen itself and achieve greater unity in the face of the Russian threat.

Despite all these setbacks and consequences that the war has been bringing, the director of US intelligence acknowledged that it is most likely that Putin’s repressive control will not weaken anytime soon. However, he considered that “his war in Ukraine is quietly eroding his power” at the national level.

Regarding the latter, for Burns there was a pivotal moment, which was the mutiny started last June by the deceased mercenary leader of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhinwho together with his group of fighters knew how to put the head of the Kremlin in check.

That episode, according to the CIA director, “revealed some of the dysfunctions hidden behind Putin’s carefully polished image of control.” But The Russian president ended up “settling accounts with Prigozhin”who two months after his rebellion died in a suspicious plane crash near Moscow.

“But Prigozhin’s scathing criticism of the lies and military mistakes at the heart of Putin’s war, and the corruption at the heart of the Russian political system, will not go away anytime soon,” Burns predicted.

William Burns said Putin ended up “settling scores with Prigozhin,” who two months after his rebellion died in a suspicious plane crash near Moscow (AP Photo/File)
William Burns said Putin ended up “settling scores with Prigozhin,” who two months after his rebellion died in a suspicious plane crash near Moscow (AP Photo/File) (Uncredited/)

For his part, he announced that 2024 will probably be a very tough year on the battlefield in Ukraine. In that sense, he pointed out that, while Russia is regenerating defense production – with the collaboration of China, Iran and North Korea, Putin “continues to bet that time is on his side, that he can crush Ukraine and wear down his allies.” Westerners.”

For the director of the CIA, the challenge of Ukraine will be highlight the high cost that the continuation of the armed conflict would have for Moscow. Along these lines, he considered that Ukrainian forces should continue their advance on the front, launch deeper attacks behind it, and make “constant advances” in the Black Sea.

However, he acknowledged that “it would be absurd to rule out the risks of an escalation” of the conflict.

Faced with this panorama, Burns stressed that the key to success lies in “preserving Western aid to Ukraine.” “At less than 5% of the US defense budget, this is a relatively modest investment with important geopolitical benefits for the United States and notable benefits for US industry,” he stated, in relation to North American assistance.

Furthermore, he maintained that maintaining the flow of arms will allow Ukraine to achieve a stronger position in the face of an eventual serious negotiating table with Russia: “It offers the opportunity to ensure a long-term victory for Ukraine and a strategic loss for Russia; “Ukraine could safeguard its sovereignty and rebuild, while Russia would have to face the lasting costs of Putin’s folly.”

The CIA director considered
The director of the CIA considered “vital” that the US and the West continue to provide weapons and military assistance to Ukraine to contain the Russian invasion (Madeleine Kelly/ZUMA Press Wire/ DPA) (Madeleine Kelly/ZUMA Press Wire//)

Burns concluded his column with a forceful reflection on Washington’s military assistance to kyiv: “For the United States to disengage from the conflict at this crucial moment and stop supporting Ukraine would be an own goal of historic proportions.”

Republicans have been reluctant to continue allocating large sums of money to collaborate militarily with Ukraine. That is why Republican and Democratic senators have been negotiating for several weeks a bill that seeks to impose greater restrictions on migration across the border, in exchange for a new disbursement to finance Ukraine.

Last week, President Joe Biden once again pressured Congress to finally push forward a legislative agreement.

Source-www.infobae.com