Russia will rely more on nuclear weapons due to military losses in Ukraine, US intelligence says
Heavy losses on the battlefield in Ukraine have worsened Moscow's ground and air capabilities (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)
Russian strategic security policy will become increasingly reliant on nuclear weapons due to mounting losses in the war against Ukraine, CNN reported on March 8, citing the annual threat assessment report by U.S. intelligence.
According to the report, heavy casualties on the battlefield in Ukraine “have degraded Moscow’s ground and air-based conventional capabilities and increased its reliance on nuclear weapons.”
However, the assessment goes on to say that Moscow will continue to pose a major cybersecurity threat to the United States.
"Although its cyber activity surrounding the war fell short of the pace and impact we had expected, Russia will remain a top cyber threat as it refines and employs its espionage, influence, and attack capabilities," the report reads.
Earlier on March 8, The Guardian reported that, according to U.S. intelligence, Russia won’t achieve any significant territorial gains in Ukraine throughout 2023, following major setbacks and heavy losses on the battlefield.
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