Intelligence experts agree that there is a possibility of Russia ending its military operation in Ukraine. Nevertheless, before that can happen, they expect things to get much worse.
The director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, told members of the House Intelligence Committee that Putin likely feels angry because the West does not show him a lot of respect.
He's also not happy that they see this as a war Putin has to win.
Haines noted that Putin's perception of what counts as victory might vary as time goes by, considering the costs he will incur as the conflict continues.
The director of the CIA, Williams Burns, who is also a former ambassador to Moscow, has also warned that Putin has now gotten into a situation he cannot easily get himself out of:
"I think Putin is angry and frustrated right now. He's likely to double down and try to grind down the Ukrainian military with no regard for civilian casualties."
Burns also noted that Putin also faces a challenge, and that's his lack of a political endgame in what will follow, given the strong resistance he is getting from the Ukrainians.
The reality of this fact weighs on Putin, and Lieutenant General Scott Barrier thinks that we should therefore be very keen to hear what he says next.
In a virtual address to the UK House of Commons, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, commented on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Ukraine's president's speech to the British members of parliament took place almost two weeks after the Russian army invaded Ukraine.
In his speech, the Ukrainian president mentioned that the war evolves day by day. He revealed that there was now constant shelling throughout the country.
He also took note of the fact that the fighting had not broken the citizens of Ukraine. In his speech, he also mentioned that over 50 children had already perished in the war:
"These are the children who could have lived. But these people have taken them away from us."
He went on to say that Ukraine would not be giving up and that they would not lose the war but would instead fight till the very end, on every front, and at whatever cost:
"We will fight in the forests, in the fields, on the shores, in the streets."