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Daily Mail: Fighting in Ukraine slows as winter bites: Bitter cold hits troops fighting Russian invaders… but outlook is ‘optimistic’, US intelligence chief says 

* Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said pace of the battle has changed 

* The head of US intelligence said both sides are looking to ‘refit, resupply and reconstitute’ ahead of a possible Ukrainian counter-offensive in the spring 

* Intelligence agencies doubt Russia will be able to meet this challenge next year 

* Recent polling suggest Russian public support for invasion ‘falling significantly’ 

The fighting in Ukraine is slowing as winter has blown in but the outlook is ‘optimistic’ for Volodymyr Zelensky’s troops next year, the head of US intelligence has said. 

Avril Haines said Russian withdrawals following a series of defeats in eastern Ukraine and the onset of freezing weather had changed the pace of the battle. 

‘We’re seeing a kind of reduced tempo already in the conflict and we expect that’s likely to be what we see in the coming months,’ said the Director of National Intelligence.  

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WNU Editor: Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines has a take on the war that is not matching what is happening in the war. It looks like she is unaware that it is Ukraine, not Russia, that is begging for more weapons and ammunition while most NATO countries are pleading that they have no more to give. She is also not acknowledging that there are currently 700,000 Russian soldiers in or on the borders of Ukraine right now of which 300,000+ are fresh troops. And as for her remarks on Russian stockpiles of missiles. I have been hearing since April from Pentagon officials that Russia was running out of missiles. Clearly that has not been the case with another massive Russian missile barrage today. 

US Intelligence Chief Avril Haines Suggests Ukraine Has The Upper Hand Against Russia In The War  

US intel chief thinking ‘optimistically’ for Ukraine forces — AP

Ukraine war: Fighting set to slow for winter months, says US intelligence — BBC 

Ukraine may have brighter future as Russia struggles to resupply fighting forces: intel chief — NYPost

US intelligence chief says officials seeing ‘reduced tempo’ in Russia-Ukraine war ahead of winter — The Hill

‘We haven’t got this figured out just yet’: Pentagon, industry struggle to arm Ukraine — Politico