Putin is personally giving orders to his generals on the battlefield as dysfunction grows, according to US intel

  • Putin personally gives orders from Moscow to battlefield leaders in Ukraine, a new report says.

  • Citing US intelligence, CNN reported that Putin’s decision-making has caused confusion among officers.

  • Russian forces have faced numerous setbacks during the war, especially recently amid Ukrainian advances.

Russian President Vladimir Putin personally gives direct orders to his generals on the battlefield in Ukraine, causing confusion within his military leadership, according to a new report.

CNN reported Thursday that intelligence interceptions have captured Russian military officers arguing over strategy, tactics and Putin’s decision-making from Moscow, even expressing frustration with loved ones back home in Russia. The report quoted multiple unnamed sources familiar with US intelligence.

In light of continued Ukrainian progress, which appears to have taken a toll on Russia’s armed forces, top Russian officials have responded by blaming Putin and shifting the blame onto others, the report said.

“Kremlin officials and state media experts have been feverishly discussing the reasons for the failure in Kharkov, and typically the Kremlin appears to be trying to shift the blame from Putin to the Russian military,” a senior NATO official told CNN.

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Since early September, Ukrainian forces have liberated thousands of square kilometers of territory previously occupied by Russian forces as part of a counter-offensive in the south and northeast of the country. In some cases, the speed of Ukraine’s advance into the northeastern region of Kharkov seemed to stun Russian forces, forcing some to flee in panic and give up their weapons.

In response to the setbacks on the battlefield, Putin delivered a rare televised speech on Wednesday announcing a partial military mobilization — a move that could call for hundreds of thousands of reservists to fight in Ukraine. During his speech, Putin also threatened to use nuclear weapons and unjustly accused the West of provoking him.

Western officials and conflict analysts have said the announcement of the mobilization is unlikely to have any short-term impact on Russia’s nearly seven-month-long war in Ukraine, noting that the move stems from a place of continued military despair rather than success. .

“Putin is not operating from a strong position; rather, this is another sign of his failing mission,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said late Wednesday night. “We are confident that the Ukrainian people will continue to show determination and courage on the battlefield in support of their sovereignty and independence.”

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Some experts have said Putin’s mobilization efforts are likely to face major challenges.

“Russia will struggle to quickly mobilize a significant number of troops. The figure of 300,000 [of reservist troops] seems unrealistic to me,” John Hardie, a Russian foreign and security policy expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said in a statement shared with Insider. “Russia is not a mass mobilization army like the Soviet military; it’s not built to quickly take in a large number of mobilized personnel.”

The announcement of the mobilization came a day after Kremlin-backed pro-Russian separatists in four occupied regions of eastern and southern Ukraine announced they would hold referendums on joining Russia later this week. . They said they would not accept the results of such a vote.

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