US intelligence officials described Russia’s Vladimir Putin as a “angry,” isolated leader seeking global power, dissatisfied with how his Ukraine invasion has not gone as planned, and issuing provocative nuclear threats to the West.
According to CIA Director William Burns, Russia’s long-serving ruler has been “stewing in a combustible blend of grievance and ambition for many years.”
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, he said, was a matter of “deep personal conviction” for him, his latest defiance of Europe and the US.
“Putin, I believe, is enraged and irritated right now. He’s likely to redouble his efforts to grind down the Ukrainian military, ignoring civilian fatalities “At a congressional hearing on global threats, Burns warned.