Furious Russian leader Vladimir Putin has allegedly fired eight top generals in a fit of anger due to the slow progression of the invasion of Ukraine.
Oleksiy Danilov, head of Ukraine’s security council, has reported that eight Russian commanders have been sacked since the invasion commenced in February, as Putin’s troops face heavy losses on the battlefield.
Claims have also arisen that President Putin is said to be furious with leaders of the FSB security service, after they claimed that Ukraine was weak, riddled with neo-Nazi groups, and would surrender easily if invaded.
Philip Ingram, who is a former British intelligence officer, has claimed that the Russian leader is ‘very angry’, blaming his intelligence groups for his short comings throughout the conflict.
‘He blames them for sending him the advice that led to the poor decision-making in Ukraine’ Philip noted.
Russian troops have suffered much higher casualty rates than initially expected, as the conflict raged on this past fortnight.
The Kremlin initially expected very little resistance as they set out for Ukraine, sending in light forces backed by airstrikes to seize key cities in the early days of the siege.
While Putin and Danilov were adamant the capitol could be overthrown in a matter of days, Philip urges that; ‘It hasn’t happened and never will.’
Moscow’s sense of desperation is sinking in as the conflict carries on, turning to a change in leadership in their next steps to take the country.
‘They had 8 generals removed from their posts because they did not complete the task.’
‘Now new ones have been appointed. We clearly understand what is happening in the Russian Federation. I can say that they are desperate.’
Thus far, Ukraine believe Russia has lost up to 12,000 troops over the course of the conflict. European intelligence puts this figure lower at between 6,000 and 9,000, with US officials reporting lower still, at up to 3,000.