Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Putin prepared for ‘prolonged conflict,’ war could grow more volatile in coming months, U.S. says

A shopping center and warehouse in Odessa were heavily damaged in strikes that Ukrainian officials said were carried out by Russian forces on May 9. (Video: The Washington Post)

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It’s been 75 days since Russia invaded Ukraine, and as the battle becomes a grinding war of attrition, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be preparing for “a prolonged conflict,” a top U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday, as the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved nearly $40 billion in additional aid for Kyiv.

With no clear end in sight, the war could grow even more volatile in the coming months, Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee, warning of an “unpredictable and potentially escalatory trajectory.” She said Putin’s aims extend beyond controlling eastern Ukraine and include establishing a land bridge connecting Russia, the Donbas region and Crimea.

In Washington, the House’s bipartisan support for the sweeping military, economic and humanitarian package sends the bill to the Senate, where it is also expected to pass.

Here’s what else to know

  • A top U.S. intelligence official said that between eight and 10 Russian generals have been killed while fighting in Ukraine.
  • Russian forces continued to assault the Mariupol steel plant, home to the city’s last Ukrainian fighters, officials said, estimating that about 1,000 holdout soldiers remained, with hundreds injured.
  • The Finnish Parliament’s defense committee recommended NATO membership. Official decision by the country on joining NATO could be made as early as next week.
  • A U.N. official said Tuesday that thousands more civilians have been killed in the conflict than confirmed figures suggest.
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel.

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