‘We would agree’ with reports Putin is ‘not fully informed’

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The Pentagon agrees with reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been “fully informed” by his advisers about developments in the war in Ukraine, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said at a briefing on Wednesday.

Send the news: Reports emerged on Wednesday claiming that US and European Union officials believe Putin was misinformed by his advisers about Russia’s performance in the war, at least in part because some of his senior advisers were afraid of telling him the truth, it reported. Reuters.

What they say: “We agree with the conclusion that Mr Putin has not been fully informed by his Defense Department at every turn over the past month,” Kirby said.

  • “I would like to note that we do not have access to all the information he has been given or any conversation he has had. … We have seen these press releases attributed to a US official and we would agree with the basic finding.”

The possibility that Putin is “misinformed or misinformed” about what is happening in Ukraine would be “a concern” for both Ukraine and the US’s European allies and partners, Kirby noted.

  • “It’s his army. It’s his war. He chose it. And the fact that he may not have all the context, that he may not fully understand the extent to which his troops are failing in Ukraine, that’s a little inconvenient.”
  • “One result of that could be a disloyal attempt to negotiate some sort of settlement here.”

The big picture: Ukrainian officials said on Wednesday that Russian forces have intensified their attacks on Kiev and the northern city of Chernihiv, despite previous claims by Russian officials that they would scale back military operations near those cities to facilitate steps toward a possible peace deal.

  • Kirby said during the briefing that in the past 24 hours, less than 20% of Russian battalions had begun to reposition tactical groups against Kiev.
  • As some troops reposition themselves in Belarus, “none of them” have moved to their own garrison, Kirby said.
  • Some troops lined up against Chernihiv and Sumy are repositioning, Kirby added.

It comes down to: “If the Russians seriously want to de-escalate – because that’s their claim here – then they should send them home. But they won’t, at least not yet,” he said.

  • “Our estimation would be… that they will convert these troops, resupply and then probably deploy them elsewhere in Ukraine.”

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