According to a spy chief Russia is on the “edge of civil war” the country has been “torn into two pieces.”
Ukraine spy chief Major-General Kyrylo Budanov said in an interview with The Times President Vladimir Putin has been weakened by the Wagner mercenary group’s rebellion in Moscow.
Yevgeny Prigozhin has also weakened the Kremlin and the country is on the brink of civil war.
He told The Times, “That’s what we see now: that Russian society is torn into two pieces.”
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“The situation is indicating exactly what our service has been talking about: that the Russian Federation is on the edge of the civil war. There needs to be a small internal ‘affair’, and the internal conflict will be intensified.”
He then sent a warning shot to Putin, he said, “Why would Russia do it again? Nobody there, nobody in the main cities of Russia, would like to continue a war with Ukraine.”
US think-tank the Institute of the Study of War (ISW) has suggested that based on evidence in Moscow, senior figures in the Putin’s regime are fearful of another uprising, in the wake of the short-lived rebellion led by mercenary chief Prigozhin.
The analysts said, “The Kremlin continues to show concern over the risk of a potential armed rebellion in Russia after Wagner Group’s rebellion.”
The analysts noted that a pro-Kremlin online outlet reported that the Moscow Oblast police would train in urban combat tactics and tactical medicine to improve skills following the rebellion.
The added, “Such training indicates that the Kremlin is attempting to improve the ability of security forces in Moscow to defend the regime against potential future threats.
“Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs is unlikely to adequately prepare the Moscow Oblast police for urban combat given that some police elements are already expressing disinterest with the new training plans among many other problems with this plan.”
Ben Hodges, a former general of the US Army in Europe has also said that Putin’s regime will collapse.
General Hodges said, “We may be looking at the collapse of the Russian Federation as it is over the next four or five years.
“We were not prepared for the collapse of the Soviet Union [in 1991]. We need to be prepared for this possibility.
“The military has been exposed, the massive amounts of corruption I think are going to become increasingly intolerable for Russian citizens.”