Flash News


US intelligence: The war in Ukraine will fade over the winter

US intelligence: The war in Ukraine will fade over the winter

Fighting in Ukraine has slowed and is likely to continue into the coming winter months, US intelligence agencies say.

However, there has been no evidence of waning resistance by Ukrainian forces, US intelligence chief Avril Haines said.

She said both sides would try to "repair, resupply and rebuild" for any counterattack in the spring. The war in Ukraine is in its ninth month, but Russia has lost more than half of the land it initially conquered.

Haines told a defense forum in California that the fighting is currently centered around the Bakhmut and Donetsk regions of eastern Ukraine.

"We're seeing kind of a reduced pace of conflict already... and we expect that's likely to be what we see in the coming months," she said.

Haines states that US intelligence believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin does not have a full picture at this stage of how badly his military has been defeated.

Meanwhile on Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described a price cap imposed by his Western allies on Russian oil exports as "weak" and said it was not "serious" enough to damage the Russian economy.

The cap, which will come into force on Monday, aims to stop countries paying more than $60 (£48) for a barrel of Russian crude offshore.

Source: BBC

Latest news