The rebellion in Moscow is gathering pace as local government officials in in the capital have written to Vladimir Putin asking him to “resign from his post.”
Domestic discontent has been brewing across Russia for many months over the war in Ukraine and Putin has been accused of sending the “country back into the Cold War era.”
Moscow’s municipal officials wrote in a letter to Putin, “The rhetoric you and your subordinates have used for a long time is imbued with intolerance and aggression, which in the end has effectively sent our country back into the Cold War era.
“Russia is once again feared and hated, and we are once again threatening the world with nuclear weapons.
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“In view of the above, we ask that you resign from your post, since your views and your model of government are hopelessly outdated and hinder the development of Russia and its human potential.”
This comes as the Russian Army have fled in panic from northeastern Ukraine which was Moscow’s main bastion.
Russian forces have now been “defeated” in the Kharkiv region and literally thousands of Putin’s troops are “fleeing” key cities after Ukrainian soldiers have hit them with surprise advances.
Withdrawing from Kharkiv direction is not easy for the Russians. This video by Rybar demonstrates a column moving on the highway at night. On the right, you can see a "burning Russian combat vehicle that was attacked by Ukrainian saboteur group". pic.twitter.com/8FigscihvT
— Dmitri (@wartranslated) September 11, 2022
Six months ago Russian forces took Izyum and now the city’s Mayor Valeriy Marchenko told The New York Times, “Izyum was liberated today.”
The Security Service of Ukraine, known as the SBU, said, “We will free our land to the last centimetre! We move further! Glory to Ukraine!”
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence tweeted, “The town of Balakliya, Kharkiv region, is liberated by Ukrainian troops!”
“Balakliya is Ukraine! Today, the Ukrainian flag was raised,” said the Kharkiv regional governor Oleg Sinegubov on Telegram.
“Boys and girls of the armed forces, today you are creating a new history of free Ukraine, we are proud. To be continued…”
A glimpse of what victorious Ukrainians captured in Kharkiv region pic.twitter.com/1s7kEz6e1L
— Michael MacKay (@mhmck) September 11, 2022
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in their latest bulletin, that the Russian army is in total disarray.
ISW wrote, “The Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kharkiv Oblast is routing Russian forces and collapsing Russia’s northern Donbas axis.
“Russian forces are not conducting a controlled withdrawal and are hurriedly fleeing southeastern Kharkiv Oblast to escape encirclement around Izyum.”
— Praise The Steph (@praisethesteph) September 11, 2022
They added: “Ukrainian forces have penetrated Russian lines to a depth of up to 70 kilometres (43 miles) in some places and captured over 3,000 square kilometres (1,100 sq. miles) of territory in the past five days since September 6th.
“This is more territory than Russian forces have captured in all their operations since April.”
Ukraine’s military officials said, “During the previous day, more than 75 wounded Russian soldiers were brought to the village of Valuyka in the Belgorod region, while more than a hundred occupiers were evacuated from Belgorod to Moscow.”
They added, “Due to significant losses in manpower, the Russian invaders plan to carry out the so-called “mobilisation” of the male population in the temporarily captured territories.
“Now men are forbidden to leave settlements.”