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VLADIMIR PUTIN’s strategy to invade Ukraine has been criticized by a former commander in NATO as the drastic invasion of Ukraine has entered its second month.

Speaking on BBC Newsnight, General John R Allen, former commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, said it was difficult to understand what was going through Putin’s mind. In today’s military update, Moscow sought to put a positive spin on the disastrous invasion by saying that the first phase of its military campaign in Ukraine was over.

But the update, combined with Western claims that Russia has lost 20 of the 120 battalions originally assembled on the Ukrainian border, is the latest sign that Vladimir Putin has abandoned his ambitions and is on the run.

In another humiliating blow to Putin, it was revealed today that a Russian brigade commander has died after being hit by a tank by his own troops.