For Vladimir Putin, This Is the Beginning of the End
U.S. intelligence officials are gun-shy about making predictions. But "Putin has to be contemplating his own survival at this point," says one.Ukraine's victories are the beginning of the end for President Putin.
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been a mammoth failure that has only bolstered the country’s adversaries, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, professional head of the British armed forces, said in an interview with the BBC on Sunday.
“Putin is failing on all of his military strategic objectives. He wanted to subjugate Ukraine. That’s not going to happen…He wanted to break the international resolve. Well, actually, that’s strengthened over this period,” he said.
Radakin further declared that pressure on the Russian president is intensifying. “His problems are mounting,” he said. “He hasn’t got sufficient manpower. His forces are thin on the ground.”
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The statements come during a brutal month for the Russian military, after Ukrainian forces recaptured more than 3,000 square miles of land in the country’s northeast.
Low morale continues to plague Russia’s troops, and Ukraine claims that multiple Russian units have been “trying to negotiate with the Ukrainians on surrender and transfer under the auspices of international law.“
Ukrainian intelligence further claimed on Sunday that some Russian military hospitals have refused to treat so-called “volunteers” who have been fighting on Russia’s behalf, since they do not have regular armed forces classification. Other volunteer fighters were “left behind... without any support or help,” as Russian forces retreated from occupied territories, according to Ukrainian intelligence.
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The war continues to exact a heavy toll. As The Guardian reported Sunday, the governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleh Syniehubov, said that four medics were killed by Russian shelling during the evacuation of a psychiatric hospital; two patients were also reportedly wounded.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office said on Friday that it is continuing to collect evidence of alleged war crimes committed by Russian forces, including “torture chambers where civilians of occupied cities and towns were abused.”
The administration noted that officials are continuing to exhume bodies at a “mass burial site” near Izium, where over 400 graves have already been discovered.
The Kremlin and Russian state media have continued to stand by the war effort, though cracks have started to show, as even loyal propagandists have begun publicly conveying their frustrations.
A number of Putin’s allies, meanwhile, have recently died under bizarre circumstances, including a newspaper editor who abruptly died of “suffocation” and another who allegedly fell from a boat.
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A new Gazprom plant is shipping its first liquefied natural gas cargo to Greece just 6 months after the EU vowed to drastically reduce Russian gas imports .
Greece currently has only one LNG facility that supplies the Greek market, as well as Bulgaria — also an EU country — and North Macedonia. This is at odds with EU plans, rolled out in March, that aim to cut the bloc's dependency on Russian gas by two-thirds by the end of 2022 and end its reliance on Russian supplies of the fuel "well before 2030."Europe depends on Russia for 40% of its natural-gas needs, such as cooking in homes and firing up power stations. It's fretting over a winter energy crisis, as Russia has reduced natural-gas flows to the continent, citing sanctions-related challenges.