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Russian military leaders are not telling Russian President Vladimir Putin the whole truth about what is happening on the ground in Ukraine, a US official has told Fox News.
According to the official, Putin was unaware that troops in Ukraine did not volunteer their services.
“Putin was not even aware that his army was using and losing conscripts in Ukraine, showing a clear breakdown in the flow of accurate information to the Russian president,” the official said.
Not only is Putin kept in the dark about who is fighting on behalf of his country, he is not told how they are doing, the official said.
“We believe Putin is being misinformed by his advisers about how poorly the Russian military is performing,” the official told Fox News, adding that Putin’s aides are also not telling him the truth about how badly the Russian economy is being hit by sanctions. .
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The official said the communication breakdown is due to Putin’s aides being “too afraid to tell him the truth”.
Russian forces have struggled more than expected since they invaded Ukraine about a month ago. While Russian forces have surrounded the city of Mariupol and heavy fighting continues in Kharkov, Ukrainians have so far kept invaders outside the capital Kiev.