The prospects for mitigating the conflict in eastern Ukraine and fulfilment of the Minsk agreements today, probably, do not exist, according to U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
"I do not see prospects for mitigating [the conflict] or fulfilling the Minsk agreements," Clapper said, testifying on November 17 to U.S. Senators.
Clapper said, "The Russians as seeking to retain their influence" and "they will continue to exert pressure."
According to Clapper, the ceasefire in Donbas has not been observed recently.
"I think [Russia] intends to maintain its presence in Donbas," Clapper emphasised.
He said, "Both sides [Russia and Ukraine] will continue to act against the other's interests, attempting the foment instability."
Meanwhile, Clapper on Thursday tendered his resignation and U.S. National Intelligence Director.
American media covering the hearing in Congress said the resignation came following the victory of President-elect Donald Trump. Clapper said he formally tendered his resignation on Wednesday, November 16.