In a speech on Thursday, Jeremy Fleming, the head of Britain’s intelligence agency, GCHQ, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had greatly overestimated his forces and underestimated the resilience of the Ukrainian people.
The speech follows reports of shifting motivations in Russian forces in recent weeks. Russian forces met resistance in many places, and Russia’s defense command said on Tuesday it would significantly reduce attacks on the northern cities of Kyiv and Chernihiv.
We see Russian soldiers – who already have rare weapons and manners – refusing to obey orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their fighter planes, It is said in Fleming’s speech.
GCHQ did not provide further details about the allegations.
Putin’s private army
The British Ministry of Defense said on Monday that mercenaries from The notorious Russian paramilitary group Wagner is based in Ukraine. The group is often called “Putin’s Special Army” and is a secret Russian mercenary organization accused of human rights abuses in many parts of the world. Previously Before Christmas, the European Union tried to punish the group Through travel bans and freezing of funds.
The Wagner group could potentially be used as “cannon fuel” to limit losses on the Russian side, Fleming claimed.
Moreover, Fleming says it should be clear to the Russian authorities how far the invasion has failed and what is going on “even though we believe Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth.”
Since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, Russia has lost more than 17,000 soldiers, more than 1,700 armored vehicles, and nearly 600 tanks, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, Sergei Kisletsya, said.
Fleming also praised Ukraine’s “media operation” for effectively repelling Russia’s major disinformation campaign.
Many expected that Russia would launch a large-scale computer attack as part of the invasion, but Fleming believes this was never part of Putin’s plan. Now, however, Russian groups are looking for targets to attack in countries that oppose the invasion of Ukraine, according to Fleming.
Google on Wednesday released a report claiming that Russian hackers recently attacked NATO and its defenses in several Eastern European countries. It was not clear how successful the attack was.
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