Ticker – CIA director: Putin too confident he can grind down Ukraine
Wilmington, Del. (AP) – CIA Director William Burns says Russian President Vladimir Putin is being “too confident” in his military’s ability to grind Ukraine into submission. Burns says Putin “is going to have to face up to increasing costs as well, in coffins coming home to some of the poorest parts of Russia.” Burns tells CBS’ ”Face the Nation” that Putin was underestimating U.S. resolve to support Ukraine. Burns said it’s been his experience that the Russian leader’s view is that Americans have “attention deficit disorder and we’ll move on to some other issue eventually.” Meanwhile, some Republican lawmakers are criticizing the Biden administration for not sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. And there are concerns that China might help arm Russia.