“We’ve made very, very wrong assumptions,” the DIA chief admitted during a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
– My opinion was, based on various factors, that the Ukrainians are not prepared as they should. She also questioned their desire to fight. It was a bad assessment on my part, because they fight with courage and honor and are doing the right thing – added the general.
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Perrier, CIA Director Bill Burns, and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines maintained that the Ukrainians were underestimated by the Russians, which translated into their military problems, including poor planning and low morale.
Perrier and Heinz also commented on the matter Transfer of Polish MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine. Perrier defended the Pentagon’s assessment of the relatively low benefit of additional fighters to Ukraine and the greater risk of escalation from Russia.
The head of the DIA noted that the Ukrainians “very effectively” use anti-aircraft weapons, such as Stinger missiles, which they acquired from the West, and therefore Russia did not gain air dominance. He also assessed that there is a difference between the delivery of this type of weapons and the delivery of fighters with regard to the risk of retaliation from Russia. The same was said by Haines, referring to the recent analyzes of the intelligence services.
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