CIA chief secretly visits Kyiv to discuss new Russian offensive, US support with Zelenskyy — WP

20 January, 01:40 PM
William Burns secretly came to Kyiv (Photo:Al Drago/Pool via REUTERS)

William Burns secretly came to Kyiv (Photo:Al Drago/Pool via REUTERS)

Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency William Burns secretly visited Kyiv at the end of last week and met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, U.S. newspaper the Washington Post reported on Jan. 19.

The paper wrote that Burns and the Ukrainian leadership discussed the possibility of a new Russian offensive with the U.S. intelligence chief. Further support from the U.S. Congress was also on the agenda.

Burns said he understood "the urgency of the moment on the battlefield,” and acknowledged that at some point assistance would be harder to come by.

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At the same time, Zelenskyy and his team left the meeting with the impression that support for Ukraine remains strong.

According to Ukrainian intelligence, Russia may be preparing various scenarios for a second offensive, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has not abandoned his strategic goal of destroying the Ukrainian people and state.

Earlier, Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that a new large-scale offensive by Russian troops would begin in the spring.

On Dec. 15, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi said that the aggressor state could launch a new major offensive in February 2023. According to him, it could start from the territory of Belarus in the direction of Kyiv.

Besides, Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence stated that Russia could be preparing for a new offensive in Donetsk, Kharkiv, and Zaporizhzhya oblasts.

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