It’s 11 p.m. in Kyiv. Here are the latest developments in the Russian invasion of Ukraine
US President Joe Biden said on Thursday there were indications that Russian President Vladimir Putin was self-isolating and punishing some of his advisers, but added that the United States did not have much hard evidence to back it up. say it with certainty.
When CNN’s MJ Lee asked the president how misinformed the Russian president was from his advisers, Biden replied:
“It’s an open question. There’s a lot of speculation, but he seems to be – I’m not saying this for sure – he seems to be isolating himself and there are indications that he has, uh, fired or placed under house arrest some of his advisers. ”
“But I don’t want to dwell on that too much right now because we don’t have a lot of hard evidence,” he added.
U.S. government officials expressed confidence this week in the intelligence assessment that Putin was misled by military advisers about the success of the Russian military’s performance during the war, which has been going on for more than a year. month.
Biden also noted that he was “skeptical” of Putin withdrawing all of his forces around the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.
“So far there is no clear evidence that he is withdrawing all of his forces from Kyiv,” Biden said. “There is also evidence that he is strengthening his troops in the Donbass region. According to your view on Putin, I am a bit skeptical.
He added: “I don’t know the answer, but it seems so far that he hasn’t withdrawn everything – the idea that he is withdrawing his troops from around Kyiv and moving south, he there’s no evidence that he did.” Biden told reporters following remarks about the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Biden, however, added that there is evidence that Putin is “building up” his forces in Ukraine’s Donbass region.
What Moscow says: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier Thursday before Biden took the floor that Moscow finds it worrying that the United States does not understand Moscow’s decision-making process, Russian news agency TASS reported.
Dismissing comments from the United States on Wednesday that Putin is misinformed by his advisers, the Kremlin said it regretted that his working style remains unclear to Washington, and that such “misunderstanding” results in “reckless decisions that have very bad consequences,” Peskov said. , according to TASS.
CNN’s Zahra Ullah contributed reporting for this post.