Vladimir Putin’s military is in tatters as they have warned that “in current conditions cannot do the tasks that we’ve been assigned.”
Exiled Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has said that Russia’s military top brass has warned Putin that “they cannot do the tasks assigned.”
Putin has already withdrawn his forces from northern Ukraine amid the fierce resistance from the Ukrainian armed forces.
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Khodorkovsky told CNN, “Of course, there are people that do have some influence on his mental perceptions, people such as [Russian financier] Yury Kovalchuk and those people who are around Yury Kovalchuk.
“The military can tell Putin and they are telling him now that we, in current conditions cannot do the tasks that we’ve been assigned.
“Putin has to take that into account.
“But the decision is made by him, of course.”
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.
His troops are retreating and are surrendering in their droves and they have been met with fierce resistance by Ukraine forces.
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.