Putin to be more unpredictable as he prepares for prolonged war – spy chief

Vladimir Putin is set to become “more unpredictable” as he sets his sights beyond Ukraine, according to a top US spy chief.

Avril Haines, a Director of National Intelligence, reckons the bonkers Russian President is preparing for a “prolonged conflict” in eastern Europe.

She told the Senate Armed Services Committee: “The next month or two of fighting will be significant as the Russians attempt to reinvigorate their efforts.

“The reality is that Putin faces a mismatch between his ambitions and Russia's current conventional military capabilities…

“This likely means the next few months could see us moving along a more unpredictable and potentially escalatory trajectory.”

The military expert’s worrying claims come after more bloody fighting in the eastern European country following the Russian invasion.

After an unexpectedly calm speech from the former-KGB officer during a Kremlin victory parade, a Russian supersonic bomber fired three hypersonic missiles at Odesa, hitting a shopping centre and a warehouse.

Putin was expected to use his speech at the parade to declare full-blown war on Ukraine.

But instead the dictator rambled on about more unfounded claims that his nation was fighting Nazis and the West was planning to take over Crimea.

Haines’ unsettling testimony went on to warn that the aggressive nation would authorise the use of deadly nuclear weapons if Putin "perceived an existential threat to the Russian state or regime".

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She said it was vital for the United States and its Western allies to stick together as she couldn’t see a “viable negotiating path forward, at least in the short term”.

Another American military boffin at the Senate Armed Services Committee, Lt. General Scott Berrier, declared the war had reached a “stalemate”.

“I think I would characterise it as this,” he said. “The Russians aren't winning. And the Ukrainians aren't winning. We're at a bit of a stalemate here.”

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