Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin, 69, has been at war in Ukraine for nearly five months. At first he expected to conquer the country in a few days. No! The anticipated blitzkrieg turned into trench warfare: while Ukraine managed to hold many of its positions, Putin’s army was badly damaged.
Reports of supply issues and growing discouragement among Russian players continue. According to an analysis by a prominent American think tank, Russian military experts are disappointed and angry with Putin and the course of the war. “InstSuitable for the study of war» (ISW) shows.
According to the ISW report, the most prominent critic is former Russian military commander Igor Girkin (51). According to official information, he served as a reserve colonel of the FSB, the Russian domestic secret service, until 2013. According to EU sources, the former commander may also be a member of the GRU, the military intelligence service. Kirkin was instrumental in annexing the Crimean Peninsula.
A total mobilization is required
Girkin’s disillusionment with the Kremlin ruler and his military approach is reflected in his detailed list of actions he believes must be taken now if the Russians are still to win the war.
Donetsk ex-military chief demands total demobilization from Putin: Russia’s war aims must be expanded and the state must be fully mobilized for war, his statement says.
In addition, one must say goodbye to the Kremlin’s rhetoric of “special operations,” a term for war. Instead, the economy must be completely transformed into a state of war. Even such methods as “forced recruitment” and “suspension of the rights of Russians” do not prevent the ex-military.
Putin compares to Napoleon
Kirkin, a former military man, has been a regular critic of Putin’s regional goals, which he says are not ambitious enough. For Kirkin, aspirations for regional success must go beyond the Donbass.
According to ISW, Putin is unlikely to respond to Kirkin’s demands. It is conceivable that the Kremlin leader will first wait for the reactions of the Russian people and then act. So far, criticism from ex-servicemen has always fallen on deaf ears.
This is not the first time Kirkin has criticized Putin’s reluctance. Only recently did he publicly expose the Kremlin leader by comparing him to Napoleon (1769-1821).
Because: According to Kirk, instead of acting proactively, the Kremlin will wait for an opportunity for a ceasefire — and in vain. “Like Napoleon in 1812, he — instead of acting as the situation demanded — waited hopelessly and gloomily for the negotiators from St. Petersburg.”
The Kremlin is said to be deliberately prolonging the war
While Girkin was harshly critical of the Kremlin in his July 19 post, other Russian military bloggers were not so demanding. But they too are disappointed with the course of the war.
Experts say the Kremlin is deliberately prolonging the war. For example, Russian military blogger Yuri Kotienok asserts that the war is being “Syrianized” by Putin because Russia has never set a timeline or goals for its invasion.
The term refers to the Syrian war, in which the Kremlin also took its time. This gives the impression that the Russian military is proceeding cautiously in Ukraine to take over Ukraine and minimize its own casualties. According to ISW analysis, this was an attempt to reinterpret the failed Blitzkrieg. That is, the best way to defeat Ukraine. (dzc)
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