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Russia’s Vladimir Putin is calling for an additional 134,500 conscripts, while more and more of his own soldiers seem to be turning against him over humiliating losses in Ukraine.
According to a decree published on a Russian government portal on Thursday, the troops will be called up to enlist from April 1 to July 15. The Defense Department promised earlier this week that they “will not be sent to hotspots”, and that all those called up in last spring’s draft will be sent home.
But those assurances seem likely to be overshadowed by a host of reports saying that Russia’s senseless war on Ukraine has been marred by lies from above, with Russian troops claiming they were misled in the war and Putin’s own advisers would protect him from the magnitude of the devastating losses.
Even as Putin signed the decree on Thursday, Ukraine’s security service issued an intercepted call to capture a Russian soldier resisting the incompetence of his own army.
“Our brigade has completely screwed itself up. There are losses, many injured,” he tells his wife.
When asked if the losses are the result of someone screwing up, he bluntly replies, “The whole army with us is stupid idiots.”
“It’s unclear why we’re here,” he says.
Another recording shared by Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of the Interior, captures a man identified as a Russian soldier named Maksim, who asks his mother what is being shown on Russian television, and if messages are “they say they will change everything.”
“Everything is bad, there is hardly anyone left among us. They said we would go on until the end, until everyone is killed,” he tells his mother.
When asked if his senior officer was still with the unit, he replies: “No, he dumped us yesterday. We’ll all be dead in the water if he left.”
We’re falling for Putin’s evil little trap again
The new footage comes just hours after Western officials said there was mounting evidence of disarray and disillusionment among Russian troops, with Britain’s spy chief citing reports that troops “refused to carry out orders, sabotaged their own equipment and even accidentally shot down their own plane. †
Reporting by Meduza on Thursday largely in line with Western assessments. Citing three sources close to the presidential government, the news outlet reported that Russian military officials were finally coming to terms with the fact that they would not be able to seize control of Kiev by the end of March. (Just a month earlier, according to Meduza, they were pretty sure the “special operation” would be swift, and the biggest headache would be organizing the work by the “new governments” set up by Russia).
But they decided to shift their focus to the Donbas in the east of the country after realizing the full extent of the military setbacks — and the damage Western sanctions had done to the economy.
Putin was personally confronted with the reality of the sanctions only in late March, when officials showed him that “the country will not be able to live normally under such sanctions,” a source told Meduza.
The Russian leader has still not made a final decision on what to do next, and many of those close to him are reportedly pressuring him to go full steam ahead with the attack on Ukraine.
But the presidential government is said to be concerned about how “a possible ceasefire with Ukraine will affect Putin” [approval] ratings.”
“The citizens were incited by propaganda. Suppose a decision is made to stop on the territory of the Donbas. And what about the Nazis? Don’t we fight them anymore? This word has been hammered into people so many times that I can’t imagine how you can stop in Donbas without losing the approval ratings,” a source told Meduza.
Perhaps as part of a long game, the Kremlin has now reportedly begun implementing plans to send psychologists from the FSB to Kherson, a city in southern Ukraine where residents continue to resist the Russian forces it had launched after the war. invasion of 24 February.
“To carry out a scenario for the creation of a new pseudo-republic on the territory of the Kherson region, the work of employees of the FSB, 652 groups of information and psychological operations and officials of the 12th Chief Directorate is under way. of the [Russian] General Staff,” the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in a statement on Thursday.
Ukrainian officials said the FSB effort is an attempt to brainwash residents into supporting their new Russian authorities.
Russian law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges are also reported to be heading to occupied territories in Ukraine, with reports of Russian police officers being asked to make “business trips” to parts of the Donbas River in eastern Ukraine.
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