Where's Putin? Leader leaves bad news on Ukraine to others
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — When Russia's top military brass announced in a televised appearance that they were pulling troops out of the key city of Kherson in southern Ukraine, one man missing from the room was President Vladimir Putin. As Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Gen. Sergei Surovikin, Russia’s chief commander in Ukraine, stiffly recited the reasons for the retreat in front of the cameras on Nov. 9, Putin was touring a neurological hospital in Moscow, watching a doctor perform brain surgery. © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this handout photo taken from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Wednesday, Nov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine is growing more "catastrophic" for the Russian military, which has been losing territory in the country for the past several months. © provided by RawStory Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a press conference at the Kremlin. The world judo governing body (IJU) has taken personal action against Russian President Vladimir Putin following the invasion of Ukraine. -/Kremlin/dpa
In an interview with The Daily Beast, United Kingdom Defense Secretary Ben Wallace outlined just how poorly things are going for Russia while also urging the Ukrainian military to keep pressing and maximize its advantages.
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Kremlin autocrat is leaving bad news to others.As Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Gen. Sergei Surovikin, Russia’s chief commander in Ukraine, stiffly recited the reasons for the retreat in front of the cameras on Nov. 9, Putin was touring a neurological hospital in Moscow, watching a doctor perform brain surgery.
"A Russian unit was recently deployed with no food and no socks, and not many guns," Wallace told the publication. "That is catastrophic for a person going in the field... The Russians have scale, but are not very good. Well, most of the good ones are dead."
Wallace went on to describe the Russian strategy as being one giant "meat grinder" and he argued that "only a nation that does not care for its own people could send 100,000 of its own people to be either dead, injured, or deserted."
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Wallace said that it was no time for Ukraine to rest on its laurels, however.
"Given the advantage the Ukrainians have in equipment training and quality of their personnel against the demoralized, poorly trained, poorly equipped Russians, it would be in the Ukraine’s interest to maintain momentum through the winter," he argued.
Read the full interview at this link.
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One expert said history has shown that leaders have the ability to retain their power even after facing "humiliating defeat."One researcher warns that even if Putin were to lose the war, it might not signal the end of his presidency.