Putin in ‘desperate situation’ as Russian army ‘running out’ of ammunition: British spy chief

Russian President Vladimir Putin may now face a “desperate situation” in the war in Ukraine as his army runs out of ammunition, a British spy chief said on Tuesday.

Speaking to the Royal United Services Institute, Jeremy Fleming, head of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), also said that Putin was making “strategic errors of judgment,” citing his decision to mobilize prisoners and inexperienced conscripts to help Moscow’s number to strengthen the war.

“The gear is amazing. We know, and Russian military commanders know, that their supplies and ammunition are running low,” Fleming said. “Russia’s armed forces are exhausted. The use of prisoners as reinforcements and now the mobilization of tens of thousands of inexperienced conscripts speak to a desperate situation.”

Despite his assessment, Fleming said Britain would not dismiss Russia’s threat, adding that Moscow proved it still had a “very capable military machine” when it attacked dozens of Ukrainian cities on Monday, killing 14 Ukrainian civilians.

In the first months of the invasion, the Russian army captured large areas to the east and south, including Zaporizhia, Kherson, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk. However, a fierce counter-offensive by the Ukrainian army in late August has forced Russian troops to flee many occupied areas, leaving behind so many weapons and ammunition that Kyiv has been struggling with, an unnamed Ukrainian soldier with the call sign Birdie told The Telegraph.

“They left behind a huge amount of vehicles and ammunition. We couldn’t transport everything to the rear or evacuate,” the soldier told the news agency.

In addition to ammunition, Russian military units that fled Kharkiv Oblast in early September left working tanks, armored vehicles and howitzers in their wake. The equipment left behind was then used by the Ukrainian army to advance further into the Donbass region, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Fleming’s assessment comes as the war stretches into its eighth month. Since February, the Russian army has lost 63,110 soldiers, 2,504 tanks, 5,162 armored fighting vehicles, 1,496 artillery systems and 3,916 vehicles and fuel tanks in combat, according to estimates by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

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