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> CIA Director William Burns on Thursday decried "Horrific" crimes committed by Russian forces in Bucha and throughout Ukraine, warning that subsequent phases of the war, soon to enter its eighth week, would involve continued bloodshed.
> "The last chapter in Putin's war has yet to be written, as he grinds away in Ukraine," Burns said in prepared public remarks to mark his first year in office.
> Speaking to students and faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Burns called China, led by President Xi Jinping, "a silent partner in Putin's aggression" and said it posed the "Greatest challenge" confronting the U.S. and "The most profound test that CIA has ever faced."
> A career diplomat who previously served as U.S. ambassador to Russia, Burns spoke at length about the "Immediate" threat posed by the Kremlin's aggression, and called Russian President Vladimir Putin an "Apostle of payback" whose appetite for risk has grown as his circle of trusted advisers has shrunk over the years.
> Burns recounted how he came away "Troubled" from an interaction with Putin in November, when President Biden dispatched the CIA chief to Moscow to warn the Russians of the consequences of potential military action in Ukraine.
> Burns said during a question-and-answer session Thursday that earlier "Rhetorical posturing" by the Kremlin about the potential use of nuclear weapons had not, to date, been matched by "Practical evidence" of deployments or military dispositions, but said the CIA would "Watch for that very intently."
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