Putin purges Russian intelligence as military elite suffers devastation

TheRussian military generals have been fired and a top spy arrested after Russian President Vladimir Putin broke out amid a stalled invasion of Ukraine.

Putin reports that at least nine high-ranking military officials and tens of thousands of Russian troops have been killed in three weeks of fighting in Ukraine.

Recent reports suggest that Putin is trying to put the blame on the FSB’s foreign intelligence service for failing to quickly defeat Ukraine, also known as the Fifth Service, which has misled the dictator into thinking that the attack on Ukraine was a ploy. In the park. Sergei Beseda, the FSB’s fifth service chief, and his deputy Anatoly Boliyukhyan have been placed under house arrest for providing bad intelligence to the Russian president, according to a report released Friday by a reputable independent reporter with sources within the FSB.

“In fact, this is the fifth service to inform Vladimir Putin about the political developments in Ukraine before the attack,” Andrei Soldatov reported. “And two weeks after the war, Putin finally seems to have realized that he has been misled: for fear of angering the Russian leader, the Fifth Service has told him what he wants to hear.”

The arrests of Beseda and Bolukh were confirmed by exiled Russian human rights activist Vladimir Osechkin. Times.

Reports of their arrests came just days after Ukrainian Defense Secretary Oleksi Danilov mentioned on Ukrainian television that eight Russian generals had been fired since the attack.

“Putin is likely to carry out an internal purge of ordinary officers and intelligence personnel,” the Institute for the Study of War, Washington, DC, said in a press release Friday. “He may have done so to save face or retaliate for misconceptions after he failed to take into account their expectations in making a decision before his own invasion.”

The U.S. intelligence agency estimates that between 2,000 and 4,000 Russian soldiers were killed in the first two weeks of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, “Lt. Gen. Scott David Berry, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told lawmakers on Tuesday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky said in a video statement on Friday that 12,000 Russian servicemen had been killed on Ukrainian soil since Putin began his invasion.

“The number of wounded invaders is many times greater. We did not invite any of them here. And we repeat to each invader that you can defend yourself at any moment. Put down your weapons and go home. Leave our land,” Zhelensky said.

At least nine high-ranking Russian military officials, including three major generals, have been reported dead since the invasion began.

Maj. Gen. Andrei Sukhovitsky, deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army in Russia’s Central Military District, was shot dead in the first week of the attack.

The second Russian general, Major General Vitaly Gerasimov, was shot dead in Kharkiv less than a week later. Ukrainian intelligence officials said they had intercepted an audio from a senior FSB official discussing the general’s death.

Second high-ranking Russian general claimed by Ukraine intelligence killed

“Russian occupiers continue to lose their officers in the war on Ukraine,” the Ukrainian military tweeted after the “removal” of the third Russian Major General, Major General Andrei Kolesnikov of the 29th Combined Arms Army.

Chechen General Magomed Tushav and at least five Russian colonels were killed in fighting in Ukraine. Business Insider.

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Russian intelligence officials were also killed in the war.

Russia on Monday confirmed that a GRU officer from Russia’s military intelligence service had died in Mariupol on Tuesday. Russia on Monday confirmed the deaths of two elite paratrooper intelligence officers.

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