Vladimir Putin is facing a revolt from within the Kremlin and Russian troops have turned on the Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu “for his ineffectual and out-of-touch leadership,” as he is being “ridiculed” by his own troops.
Senior Kremlin officials have no “side lined” Shoigu as the battle in the Donbas is being measured by inches as Putin’s offensive as “stalled” in the region, according to Russian media reports.
There also seems to be no top military officials in the chain of command as Putin is now receiving military briefings directly from his commanders, which is a clear sign his army is in tatters.
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The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) wrote in their daily bulletin, “Recent independent Russian media reports have claimed that due to the problems Russia is facing in its war against Ukraine, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu is now being side-lined within the Russian leadership, with operational commanders briefing President Putin directly on the course of the war.
“Russian officers and soldiers with first-hand experience of the war probably routinely ridicule Shoigu for his ineffectual and out-of-touch leadership as Russian progress has stalled.”
The MoD added, “Shoigu has likely long struggled to overcome his reputation as lacking substantive military experience, as he spent most of his career in the construction sector and the Ministry of Emergency Situations.”
The Anti-Corruption Foundation executive director and long-time friend of Putin’s number one opponent Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Ashurkov warned, that the discontent in Russia “is growing and I see that this war has made Putin regime more fragile rather than more strong.”