Putin's allies have admitted the army's failures in Ukraine are embarrassing: report
Allies of Russian President Vladimir and the Russian State media have admitted that the authoritarian's army has been nothing more than an embarrassment for the country. According to The Daily Beast, the army's failure in Ukraine has been so humiliating that even those close to Putin have had to acknowledge the problem.
The latest follows Putin's address on Sunday, May 8, where he claimed his army troops stationed in Ukraine "are fighting 'to liberate their native land from the Nazi filth with confidence that, as in 1945, victory will be ours.'”
Although Putin assumed his army was the more aggressive regime with no possible chance of defeat, the turn of events that have occurred over the last several weeks strongly suggests otherwise. Per The Beast: "Russia was so unprepared for this turn of events, both militarily and economically, that even the most pro-Kremlin propagandists have been forced to acknowledge the grim reality of a pariah state fighting a war of aggression."
State Duma member Semyon Bagdasarov chimed in: “Everyone is ashamed to talk about this topic. Volunteers, like our mutual acquaintances... are buying it all and transporting it over there. It’s a crying shame!”
On Friday, May 6, the war was criticized during the Russian State TV show, "The Evening With Vladimir Solovyov." At one point during the segment, analyst Konstantin Sivkov insisted that Russia's “current economic market system is unfit to meet the needs of our Armed Forces and of the entire country under these conditions.”
The Beast also reports that he "pushed for what he described as 'military socialism,' a set of wartime rules and regulations that would move all strategic resources–including land and factories–under the direct control of the government to better fund the war."
Alo on Friday, retired Colonel Mikhail Khodaryonok appeared on "60 Minutes" where he also detailed his concerns arguing that even "mass mobilization in Russia wouldn’t help alter the course of Putin’s stalled invasion of Ukraine."
“Let's imagine the drumroll, the sound of fanfare, and the mobilization is declared. How soon under this mobilization will we get the first fighter aviation regiment? We would get it by New Year's. We don't have the reserves, the pilots, or the planes so the mobilization would be of little help,” Khodaryonok said. “If tonight, we order new ships to be built, how soon will we get the first one? In two years! That's the deal with mobilization. If we set a goal of forming a new tank division, when would it be ready? I would say in at least 90 days. And it wouldn't be equipped with modern weaponry because we don't have modern weapons and equipment in our reserves.”
The retired military official continued, “Sending people armed with weapons of yesteryear into a war of the 21st century to fight against global standard NATO weapons would not be the right thing to do. We need to replenish our losses, of course, but this should be done through industrial enterprises. Mobilization would not solve these issues."
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