But “what we saw with the invasion of Ukraine is that he’s ruthless in a way that you might not have expected eight, ten years ago,” Obama continued, adding, “The danger was always there.”
Russian forces have overwhelmingly failed in their efforts to overtake Ukraine since the start of their invasion in February, and have retreated from around the capital Kyiv in recent days amid stiff resistance from Ukrainian forces.
US officials now estimate that Russian forces are ramping up and strengthening their ranks before launching a new offensive in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region — where Russia first invaded two breakaway territories 48 days ago, largely owned by by Moscow-backed separatists are controlled.
CIA Director William Burns told Congress last month that Putin is likely “angry and frustrated” at the state of the Russian war effort and that “he will likely double down on trying to crush Ukraine’s military without regard for civilian casualties.”
Indeed, the hasty withdrawal of Russian forces to northern Ukraine exposed scenes of apparent war crimes and other atrocities in Bucha and other Kyiv suburbs. Russia’s attacks on civilian areas also included a rocket attack on a train station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk killed more than 50 people last Friday.
In a statement Monday nightPentagon spokesman John Kirby said the Department of Defense is following reports of the possible use of chemical weapons in the besieged city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine.
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/12/obama-putin-ukraine-00024627?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication Obama: Ukraine invasion proves Putin has become ‘more reckless’