Russian generals are blaming each other for the failed invasion of Ukraine because of concerns about what will happen if the war turns into a retreat, a British minister has said.
Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace claimed that Vladimir Putin’s top officers were ‘turning on themselves’ because they were afraid of being blamed for the war that turned into a ‘swamp’.
Ukraine and its western allies say Russian troops have made slow progress in their revised goal of conquering the east and south of the country, but bombings have increasingly affected civilians.
Wallace, who observed a military exercise with British armed forces in Finland, said that generals came closer to the front line and ‘shouted and cried out to people’, according to the Times.
Asked if General Valery Gerasimov, Russia’s chief of staff, had been sent to Ukraine to act as a ‘fall guy’, he said: ‘They are all in fall guy territory. Be careful if you are only in command of something in the Russian system, because it may not be long.
There’s a point of tension in the system. As much as they respect the former KGB man [Putin] to be a strong leader, the Russian general staff will be made a scapegoat for his clutter. ‘
In an interview with TalkTV’s The News Desk, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, Chief of the UK Defense Staff, said there was ‘incredible pressure’ in Russia for the campaign to deliver results.
After 10 weeks of fighting, however, he said the rate at which Moscow’s forces used missiles and other weapons meant that Putin was engaged in a ‘logistical war’ to keep them prepared.
“He may have a problem because the rate of spending and the severity of the fighting is completely different from what he observed on February 24,” Admiral Radakin added.
‘We’re talking about heavy impact on their armed forces. We have effectively taken out 25% of their troops – either by people killed or by the damage to their tactical battalion groups. ‘
Boris Johnson said the UK would ‘continue to intensify’ efforts to help Ukraine as long as the aid is needed.
The prime minister said on Thursday at a fundraising event hosted by the Ukrainian embassy in London, the prime minister said the Russians were in a “hard blow” and questioned whether the “urgent way” Putin was seeking the victory reach would succeed.
“I think what we are seeing now is incredible pressure – political pressure and military pressure – for a victory,” he said.
‘This is going to be a tough fight. And it will continue with a hard fight. This is going to be a hard blow.
“You see the tactical battle, where he is trying to rush to a tactical victory, and then he will push that with his own people.”
He went on to say that “whatever Putin is trying to do to the people of Ukraine … he will never break their spirit”.
Moscow calls its actions a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and liberate it from anti-Russian nationalism fueled by the West.
Ukraine and the West say Russia has launched an unprovoked war of aggression.
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Russian generals 'turn on themselves' over 'disaster' war amid fears of purge
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