The Macomb Daily

U.S. intel chief thinking ‘optimistic­ally’ for Ukraine


KYIV, UKRAINE >> The head of U.S. intelligen­ce says fighting in Russia’s war in Ukraine is running at a “reduced tempo” and suggests Ukrainian forces could have brighter prospects in coming months.

Avril Haines alluded to past allegation­s by some that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s advisers could be shielding him from bad news — for Russia — about war developmen­ts, and said he “is becoming more informed of the challenges that the military faces in Russia.”

“But it’s still not clear to us that he has a full picture of at this stage of just how challenged they are,” Haines, the U.S. director of national intelligen­ce, said Saturday.

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