Putin’s generals turning on weak & sickly tyrant over Ukraine disaster
VLADIMIR Putin’s top generals are said to be turning on the weak and sickly tyrant over the shambolic Ukraine invasion as fears of a palace coup mount.
Senior figures in the Russian army and security services have become increasingly frustrated with Putin’s handling of the deadly war as a vicious “blame game” explodes in Moscow.
It is thought the army generals want to be let off the leash to storm Ukraine – and even go to war with Nato after accusing the West of fighting a proxy war against Moscow via its support for Kyiv.
The powerful Russian “siloviki” – or security bloc – have reportedly blamed Putin for a “serious error” after retreating from the capital of Kyiv and concentrating on taking control of the Donbas in the east.
Russia had expected it could march across Ukraine without much of a fight – but in reality they have faced a valiant resistance.
Putin stupidly had believed victory was possible in a matter of days, but the war has instead been raging for weeks.
And his troops have been hit by plummeting morale after the quick triumph promised by the tyrant turned into a bloodbath.
Ukraine is now littered with the burnt out wrecks of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles, charred remains of downed aircraft, and the dead bodies of soldiers – many of who were teenage conscripts.
The Russian death toll has reached as high as 17,000 with several generals and other top commanders among those killed.
Last month, Ukrainian troops pushed Russian forces out of Kyiv and managed to reoccupy towns and defensive positions up to 21 miles east of the capital in a major victory.
The Kremlin declared that the first stage of its campaign to “denazify and demilitarise” Ukraine was a success as troops pulled back – and it’ll now focus its efforts on breakaway province Donetsk.
The mounting frustration from Russia’s top army and intelligence chiefs also comes as Putin’s recent public appearances have sparked rumours about his physical health.
It’s thought the Russian dictator could now face an uprising from his inner circle amid the unprecedented criticism and growing demand for “all-out war” and “mobilisation”.
Russian security expert Andrei Soldatov told The Center for European Policy Analysis: “Does it matter? It matters a lot.
“This is the very first time the siloviki are putting distance between themselves and the president. Which opens up all sorts of possibilities.”
Putin is already bracing for a possible military coup after he purged 150 spies over the invasion of Ukraine.
The mad tyrant launched a “Stalinist” purge of his intelligence services – including sending spy chief Sergei Beseda to prison.
But the FSB is reportedly still pushing for hardline military action in Ukraine despite the jailing of its top boss.
And Alexander Arutyunov, a veteran Russian Spetsnaz officer, shared a video in pro-military groups pleading with Putin to escalate the war.
He said: “Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, please decide, are we fighting a war – or are we pleasuring ourselves?”
The ex-military intelligence commander said: “Strike them all over, completely destroy all their aerodromes.
“Turn them into Moon craters so that not a single plane with a Bayraktar [military drone] can take off.
“We must destroy all their railway lines with missiles of such big size that they spend years repairing them…
“If I understand it, why don’t your top guys get it? This is beyond me.”
Margarita Simonyan, head of RT – the Kremlin propaganda media network – also hit out at the UK for suggesting its weapons supplies for Ukraine could be used to target Russian territory.
She said: “The Anglo-Saxons are publicly suggesting that Ukraine should transfer the fighting to Russian territory.
“And supplying it with the means to carry out this plan.
“What choice do you leave us, idiots? The complete annihilation of the remaining Ukraine? A nuclear strike?”
Russia analyst Alexey Muraviev has previously warned that Putin faces a potential coup from within his military and intelligence services.
Mr Muraviev told Sky News Australia that the coup may come as they want to try and win the war – not to stop aggression in Ukraine.
He said: “I think that there have been tensions between Russia and the intelligence community and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
“Because clearly, there’s been a clear error of judgment that was made and it was probably driven by Putin himself about the situation in Ukraine.
“About the initial planning and the initial phase of the invasion where the Russian military naturally assume that they’re going there as liberators rather than the invaders.
“I think that sort of false narrative was presented to them by the Supreme Commander in Chief, and when it fired back when the Russians began taking heavy casualties, Putin began quietly blaming the security services.
“Which I don’t think went really well also because he’s coming from within the security apparatus.”