Vladimir Putin’s future remains very uncertain as he has failed to deliver Ukraine and his “reputation of this great army of Russia has been trashed.”
A defence expert has warned that Putin is facing a “Julius Caesar scenario” whether it’s “physical death” or simply being ousted in a coup by his closest allies.
Defence and security expert Michael Clarke suggested Putin can expect a “Julius Ceasar scenario” and potentially being ousted over his “evident failure” in Ukraine.
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His troops are retreating and are surrendering in their droves and they have been met with fierce resistance by Ukraine forces.
Speaking to LBC, Clarke said, “In terms of what happens to him, my view is that is Julius Caesar scenario for him.
“Whether it’s physical death, I don’t know, but somebody has got to actually plunge the dagger in politically.
“Whoever strikes first, they’ve got to succeed, it’s very important that whoever goes first makes it happen.
“When somebody hits him politically in a way that injures him, then everyone else will pitch in.”
He warned that Putin could try to further expand the scope of his invasion in Ukraine in an attempt to secure support domestically and stamp out risks of a coup.
He continued, “And he will be removed, whether peacefully or not.
“Dictators do survive a long time and they survive by internationalising their problem.
“Unless there is a Julius Caesar scenario, which awaits him at some point, and I do believe it awaits him at some point, in the meantime he may internationalise this crisis as his only way of surviving by being more repressing at home, more warlike abroad.
“He’ll be fighting for his own survival against evident failure.”
Putin has reportedly been under pressure after reports emerged suggesting he has been “misled” by his military chief on the actual state of the invasion.
The British Defence secretary said, “President Putin is not the force he used to be. He is now a man in a cage he built himself.
“His army is exhausted, he has suffered significant losses.
“The reputation of this great army of Russia has been trashed.
“He has not only got to live with the consequences of what he is doing to Ukraine, but he has also got to live with the consequences of what he has done to his own army.
“We have seen it before. It always gets worse. It goes for more civilian attacks, more civilian areas.”