Russian President Vladimir Putin’s advisers are “nervous” as Russia’s war with Ukraine has turned into a debacle. Russian troops have encountered stronger-than-expected Ukrainian resistance, an expert told the US newspaper The New York Times.
“It seems that the whole world is nervous,” Andrei Soldatov, an author and expert on Russia’s military and security services, said in a report published Tuesday.
Soldierov says Russia’s military failures in its months-long war with Ukraine have begun to show cracks in Russia’s leadership.
When Putin launched his attack on Ukraine on February 24, he expected a quick victory and a quick defeat from the capital, kyiv, Western defense officials say.
“We can definitely say that nothing is going according to plan”
The war has been going on for a month now and the Ukrainian resistance has largely stopped the advance of the Russian army. Since then, Putin’s forces have intensified their attacks on several Ukrainian cities, shelling and shooting up residential houses and hospitals.
“We can definitely say that nothing is going according to plan,” Pavel Luzin, a Russian military analyst, told the New York Times. “The Soviet and Russian armies have not suffered so many casualties in such a short time for decades.”
With the invasion continuing, Putin is reported to have begun to purge his inner circle.
Earlier this month, Ukrainian media reported that Roman Gavrilov, the head of the Russian National Guard, had been fired by Putin. The Russian newspaper Kommersant, on the other hand, reported that Gavrilov had resigned.
A week earlier, Soldov said that among the officials sacked was the top Russian intelligence official responsible for recruiting spies and diversionary operations in Ukraine, and his deputy, both placed under house arrest.
Russian military officials said invading Ukraine would be “useless and extremely dangerous”
Even Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who is spending his summer vacation with Putin and is being talked about as a possible successor to the Russian head of state, had to accept a deterioration in his status, the New York Times reported, citing sources. of Soldierov. .
The newspaper was unable to independently verify Soldierov’s claims, but added that Shoigu had not been seen with Putin since February 27, three days after Russia invaded Ukraine.
According to The New York Times, some people close to Putin have spoken out against the war, including a former Federal Security Service official who said Russia had “underestimated” Ukraine. Furthermore, a group of Russian military officials have said that invading Ukraine is “useless and extremely dangerous” and threatens Russia’s future.
Ukraine’s military earlier in the week claimed to have killed 15,000 Russian soldiers and several high-ranking generals since February 24.
The United States estimates that around 7,000 Russian soldiers died in Ukraine, more than the number of US soldiers who died in the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Ukraine has been armed by the United States and its European allies, but even Ukrainian anti-tank missiles are thwarting the Russian offensive, which failed to capture Ukraine’s largest cities after a month of war.
At least 13 top Russian generals and commanders were killed
Since the war began, Russian aerospace forces have become increasingly risk-averse, even going so far as to avoid Ukrainian airspace to avoid being shot down by Ukrainian anti-aircraft weapons.
At least 13 top Russian generals and commanders have been killed in fighting in Ukraine since March 19.
Russian commanders are moving to the front lines to revive the invasion of Ukraine, BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera tweeted.
Jeffrey Edmonds, a former US Army tanker and CIA military analyst, told Insiders that he attributed the high death toll to a poorly trained Russian military. He did not know that he was being sent into an active fight.
“I’ve seen reports of units being destroyed and things like that,” Edmonds says of the Russian military. “Normally in the armed forces we assume that a unit that loses a third of its members is disabled in combat. Because if one in three is killed or knocked out, the unit can usually no longer function well psychologically.”
This text was translated from English by Leo Ginsburg. you can find the original here.