Vladimir Putin is being lied to by his advisers, says GCHQ

In its latest intelligence assessment, the British Ministry of Defense said the shift in the Russian attack from an attempt to besiege Kiev to a focus on the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine “was probably a tacit admission that it is struggling to support more than one major axis.” advance”.

“Russian units suffering heavy losses have been forced to return to Belarus and Russia to reorganize and resupply,” the ministry said.

Meanwhile, Russian forces have begun to withdraw from the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant after taking control of the nuclear power plant last month, a senior US defense official said.

GCHQ, which has already intervened to bolster Ukraine’s defenses against Russian cyber-attacks, has concluded that Putin is not fully aware of the extent to which the Russian economy is being harmed by sanctions.

Mr Fleming said: “We know that Putin’s campaign is beset with problems – low morale, logistical failures and high numbers of Russian casualties. Their command and control is in chaos. We have seen Putin lie to his own people in an attempt to to hide military incompetence.”

Western officials elsewhere said Russian military and spy leaders were beginning to blame each other. There are “signs of self-reflection in the military that they have not carried out,” an official said.

The official added: “There is also quite a bit of self-reflection among the intelligence services that they have catastrophically misjudged the Ukrainian national mood. They have not communicated it properly.

“What this clearly does…is create a sense of Ukrainian sacrifice and nationhood and an unwillingness to submit to Russia, which will likely take generations and make this country impossible to submit.”

Russia was accused of lying after Moscow said on Tuesday it would curtail operations near Kiev and the northern city of Chernihiv “to increase mutual trust” for peace talks.

Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kiev, said: “It’s not true. All night we listened to sirens, rocket attacks and we listened to huge explosions east of Kiev and north of Kiev. There are huge fights there, people died, still die.”

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