Putin ‘failing’ and ‘problems mounting’, Russian soldiers ‘running thin’: head of British forces

Russian President Vladimir Putin is “failing” in his military goals and faces growing problems in the war in Ukraine as the Kiev army continues to gain ground in its counter-offensives, the British armed forces chief said.

Speaking to Laura Kuenssberg on BBC Sunday, the head of the British armed forces and chief of defense, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, also described Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine as a “strategic error” that led to “strategic consequences”.

“At the very beginning we said that this was a strategic mistake by President Putin and that strategic mistakes lead to strategic consequences. And in this case, it’s a strategic failure. Putin is failing in all his military strategic goals,” Radakin said.

“He wants to break the international resolve. Well actually it’s gotten worse over this period and he’s under pressure, his problems are increasing. He’s always had an issue with manning the gear he has. He doesn’t have enough manpower. His powers are few and far between,” he added.

Radakin’s comments come after Ukrainian forces liberated more than 380 settlements in the occupied Kharkiv region and recaptured some 8,500 square kilometers of territory as part of their counter-offensives.

In addition to retaking territory, the Ukrainian army has killed a total of 54,480 Russian soldiers as of Sunday, according to estimates by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The mounting deaths have prompted several Russian units to “negotiate with the Ukrainians about surrender and transfer,” claimed Natalia Humeniuk, spokeswoman for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, per The New Voice of Ukraine last week.

On Sunday, Ukrainian intelligence also claimed that some Russian military hospitals had begun refusing to treat “volunteers” who had agreed to fight for Moscow. Other volunteer fighters were also “left without any support” as Russia’s forces withdrew from the occupied territories amid the Kyiv counteroffensive.

At least 10 letters from Russian soldiers to superiors were also found in the recently liberated Kharkiv town of Izium. In the letters, the soldiers asked to be discharged from the war because of “moral exhaustion” and “deteriorating” health, the Washington Post first reported.

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