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U.S. intelligence warns Russia could turn to more drastic measures Updated: 2022-05-12 09:30:25 KST

The war in Ukraine is now in its 11th week.
Many believe it will go on even longer now that Russia has shifted most of its focus to eastern Ukraine.
Specifically, the Donbas region which includes two Russian-backed separatist “republics” in Luhansk and Donetsk.
A top intelligence official in the U.S. predicts that Russia may go beyond capturing the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.

"President Putin would probably only authorize the use of nuclear weapons if he perceived an existential threat to the Russian state or regime but we will remain vigilant in monitoring every aspect of Russia's strategic nuclear forces."

Russia hasn't issued an official response but on Monday, on its biggest patriotic holiday, Victory Day, solidified its stance that the war is to continue.

Meanwhile, the U.S. House has passed a 40 billion dollar bill to make it easier for Washington to provide humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine.
President Joe Biden had urged the Congress to quickly approve this new bill, as the world is paying close attention to whether the West will be able to expand its military alliance against Russia.
Finland and Sweden are to decide this week whether to become NATO members.

As the war rages on, the bodies of 44 civilians have been found in the rubble of a collapsed building in the city of Izyumwhich had been seized by Russia in early April.
But, Ukraine says it is stopping any further advances from Russian forces.
Ukrainian troops also reportedly recaptured the settlements north and northeast of Kharkiv Ukraine's second-largest city.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.
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