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Russian special forces, Spetsnaz, are allegedly infuriated because the invasion of Ukraine is not going as expected and they lack support from the Kremlin whose battle plan is “somewhat disjointed,” resulting in many of them getting killed.
As the war moves into its 12th day, things are reportedly “not going well” for the Russians. They evidently did not expect the level of resistance they have encountered by the Ukrainians. They are unsteadily walking a tightrope between war, diplomacy, and the proclaimed de-Nazification of Ukraine.
The chief foreign correspondent for NBC News, Richard Engel, told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd on Sunday from Kyiv that a “lack of coordination and overreaching vision” in the Russian forces can be blamed on Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
“Sources have been telling me, sources that are well connected to the Russian Security Services, that the offensive is not going well, that some special forces, the Russian Spetsnaz, are furious because they have been sent into battle without proper support, and many of them have been killed,” Engel stated.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 7, 2022
! Ukrainian armed forces announced that they have killed maj. gen. Andrey Sukhovetskiy, a Spetsnaz commander and deputy chief of the 41 Army in Novosibirsk. This appears confirmed by a spokesperson of the Russian Paratroopers Union. If confirmed, major demotivator for RU.
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“They say that the national guard forces and the regular army, the national guard forces include those Chechen units, that two of them are not coordinating on the field. And that the overall battle plan is somewhat disjointed in that it’s partly a plan for war and partly a plan for peacekeeping and so-called de-Nazification of this country. And it has led to a lack of cohesion,” he noted during the interview.
“A lot of this goes back to the man who’s behind it all, Vladimir Putin, who I’m told is now increasingly isolated, is just taking advice from his inner circle, that there are only about three people who matter right now,” Engel reported.
“And that speech, you mentioned it a short while ago, that Putin gave yesterday — bizarre location, speaking at Aeroflot, to a group of flight attendants. He sounded incredibly angry. He sounded detached. He was talking about how the Ukrainians here are machine-gunning people, that they’re driving around in cars packed with explosives, jihadi-style. And he went very deep and repeatedly on this theme that they’re fighting against the Nazis. It was the angriest I’ve ever seen him,” he said.
Putin has seemingly become increasingly erratic since the invasion began. After threatening nuclear war a number of times, he is now declaring that sanctions on Russia “are akin to declaring war” and proceeded to threaten that Ukraine might lose its statehood “if they continue doing what they are doing.” He has also threatened war if a no-fly zone is set above Ukraine.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of “deliberate murder” by increasing shelling in Ukrainian territory as well.
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More than 1.5 million Ukrainians have fled the country in terror, according to the UN refugee agency. That number is set to explode as the war ramps up.
“A second attempt to evacuate civilians from the city of Mariupol by opening up a humanitarian corridor has collapsed, with both sides, both the Russians and the Ukrainians, blaming the other for the breakdown,” Engel went on to report.
“So it means that the people are still trapped in that city, still under fire, and without food, power, water. Here in Kyiv, Russian forces are advancing toward the city. They are making slow advances in the northeast, around the neighborhoods of Irpin and Puscha. And I just spoke with the mayor of Kyiv a short while ago, and he told me that roughly 10,000 people have been killed so far, according to figures that he has, on both sides of the conflict,” he added.
“And I asked him how long he thinks Kyiv can hold out, and he said, frankly, he doesn’t know, but that he believes it can be a long time because the people here have a lot of fighting spirit and they’re not fighting for the will of one man,” he concluded.
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