Moscow between anger and denial

Moscow between anger and denial

The current russian debacle in eastern Ukraine is just an organized retreat in order to consolidate forces in the Donetsk region,” in the words of the Russian Defense Ministry. On the ground, this regrouping looks like a debacle, the Russian forces proving unable to stop the Ukrainian advance and having evacuated many positions east of Kharkiv.

growing doubts

Since the beginning of September, our soldiers have already liberated 6,000 km2 of Ukrainian territory in the east and south, and we continue to advancesaid Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Monday night in an online video. Map released by Russian Defense Ministry confirms Ukrainian claims; it honestly shows the extent of the territories abandoned by Russia in recent days.

Its publication and the admission of a major retreat of the Russian forces reinforced the growing doubts within the Russian political and media world. Since last weekend, the experts Russian televisions are struggling to censor themselves. We have reached a point where we have to admit that it is impossible to defeat Ukraine using our resources and these methods of colonial warfare even said former MP Boris Nadezhdin. The editor-in-chief of Russia Today called for friendship between peoples on Saturday evening, before advocating, on Sunday evening, the bombardment of civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.

Chechen bitterness

Even the Chechen Ramzan Kadyrov allowed himself to criticize frontally Vladimir Putin, who will have to manage the voices of a hard line which will carry more and more in the public space in the future. If today or tomorrow no change in strategy is made, I will be forced to speak with the leaders of the Ministry of Defense and the leaders of the country to explain to them the real situation on the ground​, he said on instagram. After criticizing an army badly preparedhe announced on Monday the return to the front of a battalion of his own army which was at rest after the capture of Mariupol, Severodonetsk and Lissitchansk​.

According to several Russian media, the referendum on the annexation of southern Ukraine, which had just been scheduled for November 4, could be abandoned. Heads would have already fallen: Russian Lieutenant-General Roman Berdnikov has been relieved of his duties by Moscow. He was in charge of the Western Military District involved in the invasion of Kharkiv region, Ukraine.

Will Vladimir Putin purge the top military hierarchy and part ways with Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov?Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Pool via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. | VIA REUTERS

Another unusual reaction: elected officials from Moscow and Saint Petersburg launched a petition on Monday in which they demand the resignation of the head of the Kremlin. A few days earlier, elected officials from these two cities had already used their status to accuse Vladimir Putin of high treason in an open letter sent to the Russian parliament.

What objectives?

On Sunday evening, Russian bombings of power stations put part of Ukraine in the dark. A way to show off the muscles. It was enough to perk up early propagandists who expect miracles from the famous reinforcements announced by the Ministry of Defense a few days ago.

At least one certainty: L special military operation will continue until the objectives initially set are achieved ​said Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman. For seven months, the reality of these Goals remains a total mystery. As for Vladimir Putin, he would follow the adventures of his army hour by hour, sometimes even 24 hours a day​.

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