CIA Director: Russian President greatly underestimated the courage and combat capability of Ukraine


A number of officials in Washington believe that Vladimir Putin miscalculated in his assessment of Ukraine's military potential. So believes, in particular, CIA director William Burns.


According to the head of the intelligence department, the Russian leader is surrounded by weak advisers who are unable to defend their point of view. Putin also mistakenly assumed that the resolve of Europe and the United States would fade over time, and considered himself tougher than his foreign policy opponents.

According to Burns, Moscow's miscalculations are especially visible against the background of the ongoing fierce resistance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the southern direction and in the Kharkov region.

The President of Russia greatly underestimated the courage and combat capability of Ukraine

- said the director of the CIA during the Billington CyberSecurity conference in Washington (quote from The New York Times).

While the final chapter of the Moscow-Kyiv showdown has yet to be written, Burns noted that "it's hard to see Putin's track record on the battlefield as anything but a failure."

Along with this, William Burns believes, the President of the Russian Federation misjudged the capabilities of the Russian armed forces and clearly did not think that military operations against Ukraine would lead to “long-term damage to the Russian the economy and generations of Russian citizens.

In fact, it would be strange if the head of intelligence of the enemy of Russia began to evaluate the actions of the President of the Russian Federation in positive terms ...
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  1. Corsair Offline Corsair
    Corsair (DNR) 9 September 2022 10: 18
    +1
    A number of officials in Washington believe that Vladimir Putin miscalculated in his assessment of Ukraine's military potential.

    Sounds like the truth.

    Otherwise, how can one explain the epic throw of the RF Armed Forces near Kyiv?
    Why, what did they count on, throwing a frankly weak group under a city of millions???

    And other , no less painful failures , how can one explain ?
    1. Corsair Offline Corsair
      Corsair (DNR) 9 September 2022 10: 55
      +1
      In fact, it would be strange if the head of intelligence of the enemy of Russia began to evaluate the actions of the President of the Russian Federation in positive terms ...

      It will be strange (and terrible) if the President of the Russian Federation CAM will not critically assess what is happening and will not draw appropriate conclusions to correct miscalculations and mistakes.
  2. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 9 September 2022 10: 52
    +2
    Everything is correct. For 20 years, his entourage, including those from intelligence and analytical services, have gotten used to writing lies that are pleasant for him. Knowing that no one bears responsibility for anything, why not do something pleasant for the king. All these lied and are still around him. The same is true in the economy - it listens only to liberals who frighten it with super inflation, if the country's economy is given the opportunity to develop, hence the stability with a minus sign for ten years.
    1. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
      rotkiv04 (Victor) 9 September 2022 11: 06
      +2
      the fact that sycophants and sycophants will slip him pleasant information for an intelligent person should be clear, which means that he is completely satisfied. If I wanted to, I would find alternative sources of information, now this is not a problem
  3. Watching Offline Watching
    Watching (Alex) 9 September 2022 12: 10
    -12
    He is right. The underestimation of ukrov and NATO was (and is, unfortunately) complete. Maybe it's time to lick Washington's shoe, sprinkle ashes on your head and return to the shameful status of the 1990s, to the supple "gas station"? As they said in ancient times, if you cannot defeat the enemy, become his friend?
    1. Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 10 September 2022 13: 00
      +1
      Another - it will not work and was not going to work out. A cannibal dish for lunch - please. Regardless of desire. Upon surrender, we will be guaranteed not a lowered status and local beer, instead of Bavarian - at our service there will be death camps throughout Russia (or something more modern) and slavery for the elite.
      These are the ones...
  4. Victor M. Offline Victor M.
    Victor M. (Victor) 9 September 2022 12: 23
    +1
    The director of the CIA is an ordinary bureaucrat, even without an initial military education. And in practice, he has the same attitude to intelligence. And what is most interesting, his words completely coincide with the words of our couch soldiers.
  5. Anadyrean Offline Anadyrean
    Anadyrean (Hanson) 9 September 2022 12: 27
    +3
    It's one thing to be loyal to your president, it's another thing to be a talented commander.
    1. Corsair Offline Corsair
      Corsair (DNR) 9 September 2022 17: 55
      +1
      Quote: Anadyrean
      It's one thing to be loyal to your president, it's another thing to be a talented commander.

      Zhukov, Rokossovsky, Vasilenko and others - somehow kept this "golden mean" ...

      Not really, now in all of Russia there is no one akin?
      1. tkot973 Offline tkot973
        tkot973 (Konstantin) 9 September 2022 19: 27
        +8
        If there is, then the road is ordered for him "upstairs". Someone like Stalin should be at the helm. That's when the talents will come out in people, so to speak. And now the talents are sweeping the streets and standing at the counter to make ends meet. And so it has been for 30 years, 20 of which are under the strict guidance of the fearless tamer of the West and the head of the resurgent Russia.
        1. tkot973 Offline tkot973
          tkot973 (Konstantin) 9 September 2022 19: 36
          +4
          Here I cannot pass by a vivid example from the recent past - Comrade Rogozin. How could such a wonderful specialist and manager turn out to be the head of a strategic industry. Well, how? Explain to me. Was there a complete dossier on him? Or it was, but floated away. I dont know. Under Stalin, he would not have risen above the stoker.
  6. Igor Viktorovich Berdin 9 September 2022 12: 27
    -4
    He does not understand that Ukraine and the Ukrainian people for Russia are not the same as the Iraqis for the Americans. We only destroy Bandera. Ukrainians are our own. Now, if everything goes beyond Ukraine, for example, to Poland. There will be carpet bombing up to nuclear weapons .... And no one will wage war there for half a year. A maximum of 2 hours for each country ....
  7. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 9 September 2022 13: 17
    +4
    There was not and could not be a miscalculation in assessing the military potential of Ukraine, as well as an underestimation of NATO's determination to participate in the war in Ukraine, especially when they have something to flog for there.
    As recently as yesterday, V.V. Putin said that millions of Ukrainians hate the regime that exists there - apparently this was the bet, on the support of the SVO by those who hate the existing regime. If so, then the failure lies precisely in this, the consequence of which was the strategy of warfare - the preservation of the entire political economy and military infrastructure, which makes the resistance organized and manageable, and the financing and supply of Western weapons give it strength and confidence in the final victory, which was transformed into those put forward by the Ukrainian nationalists, the conditions for the start of negotiations are the withdrawal of all Russian troops from the Crimea, the DPR-LPR, all territories occupied during the NWO and the payment of reparations in the amount of 1 trillion. dollars.
    1. Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 9 September 2022 20: 12
      +4
      I think that you are right, as are many who do not believe in Putin's ignorance or naivety. The former KGB officer, who went through the school of special services, the one whom Yeltsin chose (who himself was then diligently patronized by the CIA) to transfer power over the country and everything connected with it, cannot be a fool, by definition. Who could he be then?
      If we were now in the early 2000s, we could guess about it, which in fact the most sober ones did. Remember what we all expected from him then. A person is known by the results of his deeds - this is an old reliable rule. Usually one or two facts are enough to form an objective opinion. Are the past 20 years not enough for us to connect the dots and build a vector?
      Even if he says something unpleasant, but fair about ourselves
    2. Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 9 September 2022 20: 59
      +3
      I think that in 20 years this man, with the credit of trust of the people that he had, could revive Russia by involving all its population and all its financial capabilities in this task. We would not be able to ignore this. Probably the task before him was completely different.
    3. Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 10 September 2022 11: 25
      +1
      In the light of what has been said, I think that you are wrong about the reasons for the impending failure in Ukraine.
      It is likely that our Ultimatum, and the beginning of the NWO, and even the gas crisis, were the result of our and Europe's voluntary or involuntary following in the wake of the US plans to drag Russia into a deadly war with NATO. The implementation of the NWO without any preemptive impact on the United States only tightens this knot more tightly.
      To reiterate the alleged goals of the United States:
      - avert the danger of using Russia's strategic nuclear weapons on its territory when it is defeated by proxy
      - weaken the blood of Russia and completely subjugate (enslave) the European members of NATO, tk. The United States is having problems returning production from China, while Europe has kept them on its own territory and has a decisive competitive advantage in the new world
      - deprive China of potential allies in the face of Russia and Europe
      - with minimal forces and without risk, if necessary, finish off Russia and take possession of its resources
      - to deprive Europe of the opportunity to claim a fair share of Russia's resources
      - remove possible obstacles before the fight with China
      - earn on the supply of weapons to all
      - earn on the restoration of Europe
      In order to break out of this Anglo-Saxon trap, we need to reverse our internal circumstances and force the United States to retreat on all positions by the threat of a nuclear war on their territory. Only this will bring real liberation to us, Ukraine and Europe
    4. Materialist Offline Materialist
      Materialist (Michael) 10 September 2022 21: 53
      0
      ... millions of people in Ukraine hate the regime there ...

      so these millions had to be organized and supplied with weapons, to create partisan detachments. and it should have been done a long time ago
  8. Nicu Offline Nicu
    Nicu (Nicu) 9 September 2022 14: 32
    -3
    Of course, the West is asking Ukraine for an offensive against the Russian "occupation" in Dombas..winter just comes and freezes the West without Russian gas, and does not lift sanctions on Russia..it is better to send the Ukrainian army to suicide!
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  10. lemeshkin Offline lemeshkin
    lemeshkin (lemeshkin) 10 September 2022 12: 30
    -2
    Quote: Watching
    Maybe it's time to lick Washington's shoe, sprinkle ashes on your head and return to the shameful status of the 1990s, to the supple "gas station"? As they said in ancient times, if you cannot defeat the enemy, become his friend?

    It's sad, but there doesn't seem to be a good way out of this situation yet.☹️
  11. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Boris) 10 September 2022 16: 18
    0
    Well, if Putin really believed that Russians and Ukrainians are one people, then retribution has come
  12. Teacher Offline Teacher
    Teacher (Wise) 10 September 2022 16: 48
    -1
    Well, if Putin really believed that Russians and Ukrainians are one people, then the reckoning has come.
    It's too easy for EVERYONE to deceive our "colonel" of the KGB. Either he has "bronzed" and does not listen to anyone, but he himself is narrow-minded, or he sold himself to the West for money and guarantees of saving his life. They deceive (mean) everything, always, in everything.
  13. Materialist Offline Materialist
    Materialist (Michael) 10 September 2022 21: 55
    0
    The President of Russia greatly underestimated the courage and combat capability of Ukraine

    as well as the scale of the use of "combat chemistry"