Russian troops have been plagued by low morale, poor military strategy and disclosure of unprofessional conscripts forced to fight Ukraine. Although the Russian President previously declared the use of only “professional soldiers” in conflicts, he could no longer deny the use of untrained young conscripts after the Russian defense ministry “found several instances of the presence of conscripts”.
On Wednesday, an unclassified US intelligence report revealed that President Putin felt as if he had been “misled” by his own military commanders after failing to provide an accurate account of the invasion of Ukraine.
A US official said Putin “didn’t even know his military was using and losing conscription” and therefore showing “clear breakdowns in the flow of accurate information.”
Rising tensions between Putin and his military chief and spy are thought to have reached a breaking point after news of Russia’s failure during the conflict.
These shortfalls included the deaths of seven Russian generals, some of whom died at the hands of their own troops.
Russia is thought to have sacked eight generals in retaliation for the embarrassment caused.
Army Commander General Vlaislav Yershov of the 6th Combined Army was sacked by Putin after his unit suffered heavy losses and strategic failures.
Colonel General Sergei Beseda, head of the FSB’s foreign intelligence branch, has also reportedly been sacked and placed under house arrest.
The Colonel and his deputy were both detained on the grounds of providing false information about the conflict and on suspicion of corruption, although this has not been confirmed by the FSB.
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The men were in the back of the vehicle holding their rifles which they claimed were “from the 1940s” and “don’t shoot!”
The soldiers angrily stated that their leader “threw us straight in the trash… They sent us with rifles to fight GRADS, artillery, mortars.”
Reports from GCHQ boss Sir Jeremy Fleming also surfaced stating that Russian troops accidentally shot down their own plane.