UK spy chief says Russian soldiers are committing mutiny

It has been over a month since Russian dictator Vladimir Putin ordered his military to invade neighboring Ukraine, and the operation hasn’t gone well.

While Putin’s troubles are partly due to the resistance put up by Ukrainian forces, a British intelligence official says that mutiny among his own troops is becoming a problem. 

Soldiers said to be sabotaging the mission

Jeremy Fleming heads an electronic spy agency known as the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and Breitbart reported that he detailed the Russian military’s shortcomings during a recent speech in Australia.

“We´ve seen Russian soldiers, short of weapons and morale, refusing to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment, and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft,” Fleming was quoted as saying.

Fleming went on to assert that Putin had “misjudged the resistance of the Ukrainian people,” adding that the dictator “underestimated the strength of the coalition his actions would galvanize.”

“He underplayed the economic consequences of the sanctions regime, and he overestimated the abilities of his military to secure a rapid victory,” Fleming said.

Meanwhile, Fox News reported on Wednesday that a senior NATO official estimates between 7,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine since the invasion began.

Former U.S. official says Russia has reached a “culminating point”

Michael Ryan, who formerly served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO Policy, was quoted as telling Fox News digital that the invasion of Ukraine has reached a “culminating point.”

That term refers to a juncture at which a military force “just reaches the limit” in terms of its supplies and ability to function.

“Most military observers and very senior American army generals believe that the Russian army reached a culminating point. A significant aspect of that is the losses that they’ve sustained,” Ryan explained.

He went on to say that Russian losses are “significant from the standpoint of their ability to achieve their aims” while also having “a significant impact on morale.”

Ryan stated that many Russian soldiers “didn’t know they were going to war. And they certainly didn’t expect to be going into that type of battle that they’ve gone into. They weren’t well prepared for it. They’re not executing well, and they’re not well supplied.”

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