Russia’s Elite Know Putin ‘Lost The Real War’: Report

11/18/22

Above, a local resident removes a Russian propaganda banner that says “We together with Russia” from a billboard in Kherson, Ukraine on November 13, 2022. Russian elites, including those close to Vladimir Putin, have acknowledged the withdrawal from the region as a turning point in the war.ANDRII DUBCHAK/DONBAS FRONTLINER VIA ZABORONA/GLOBAL IMAGES UKRAINE VIA GETTY IMAGES

Some of Vladimir Putin‘s closest confidants are being blunt about what the retreat from Kherson means for them and the war with Ukraine moving forward.

Elites are coming to grips with the Russian military’s withdrawal earlier this month, the Russian independent news outlet Meduza reported. Sources close to the presidential administration (AP) and the Russian Federation called recent events “very painful.”

“There is an understanding that we lost the real war,” said elites and entrepreneurs described as being part of Putin’s inner circle. “People begin to think about how to live on, what place they would like to take in the future, what bet to make, what to play. [On the one hand] there will be revanchist sentiments. On the other hand, there will be a request for normalization and stabilization.”

The AP’s political bloc reportedly remains optimistic due to a potential Western collapse based on the needs for cheap energy, in addition to the military being more combat-ready due to mobilization.

Kremlin sources also told Meduza that a change in politics in Ukraine, notably the resignation of President Volodymyr Zelensky, would be positive. There was no reasoning behind such an expectation.

John Spencer, the author of Understanding Urban Warfare and a retired major in the U.S. Army, told Newsweek that “Russia’s military is broken.”

He said that conscription does not automatically equate to a more combat-ready military, as soldiers thrust onto the battlefield still require effective leadership complemented with heavy armor and long-range capabilities.

Kremlin sources also told Meduza that a change in politics in Ukraine, notably the resignation of President Volodymyr Zelensky, would be positive. There was no reasoning behind such an expectation.

John Spencer, the author of Understanding Urban Warfare and a retired major in the U.S. Army, told Newsweek that “Russia’s military is broken.”

He said that conscription does not automatically equate to a more combat-ready military, as soldiers thrust onto the battlefield still require effective leadership complemented with heavy armor and long-range capabilities.

“In that sense, Russia’s combat power has been severely diminished over the past eight-plus months at the same time that Ukraine’s has been enhanced thanks to assistance from its international partners,” Spencer said.

While the Kherson withdrawal has drawn attention worldwide, Meduza reported that many Russians—or those not described as “elites”—do not feel personally affected. One high-ranking Meduza interlocutor in one of Russia’s regional governments said his region is “far from Kherson” and that it continues to have “its own life.”

Another interlocutor in one of the regional branches of United Russia called the withdrawal “a shame and a consequence of a mess in the state.”

One source even said that top Russian brass keep most others out of the loop.

“They don’t dedicate us to anything, we learn a lot from the news, both Ukrainian and Western,” the source said. “It looks like we are constantly making concessions and are still trying to hide and hide it.”

But when asked if repeated military defeats and a lack of information about the future of the so-called “special operation” would cause elites and officials to take action against Putin, sources rejected the notion.

“I just want this all to end as soon as possible,” one individual said.

Newsweek reached out to the Kremlin for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-elite-knew-putin-lost-real-war-ukraine-1760732

2 comments

  1. “The AP’s political bloc reportedly remains optimistic due to a potential Western collapse based on the needs for cheap energy, in addition to the military being more combat-ready due to mobilization.”

    Well, this optimism could also be called delusion. The West doesn’t need ruskie energy anymore. The EU’s NG storage is filled nearly 90%. In addition, the mafia military will take years, maybe decades, to reach a level equal to be a top-notch military. They can’t do it with their garbage leaders and garbage system.

    “Russia’s military is broken.”

    This assessment is correct. We could discuss if it ever was not broken, but not here and now.

    “They don’t dedicate us to anything, we learn a lot from the news, both Ukrainian and Western,”

    At least they know where NOT to go to get properly informed.

    “I just want this all to end as soon as possible,”

    So do we, but with a decisive victory for Ukraine!

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