Russian troops shooting down own aircraft and refusing orders

Ground Report | New Delhi: Russian troops aircraft; Demoralized Russian troops have accidentally shot down one of their own planes and are refusing orders as the invasion continues, a top British spy will say.

Sir Jeremy Fleming, head of GCHQ will speak about how badly things are going for the Kremlin’s troops, who seemed ill-prepared for the protracted war they find themselves in.

It came as revealing footage showed desperate recruits complaining about being “thrown in the shit” with non-functioning 1940s rifles.

Vladimir Putin’s advisers are “afraid to tell him the truth” about the war in Ukraine, according to Sir Jeremy Fleming, who will say in a speech Thursday that the Russian president made a “strategic miscalculation” in deciding to invade.

“We have seen Russian soldiers, lacking weapons and morale, refusing to follow orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own plane,” the spy chief will say in a rare public address during a visit to Australia.

“And while we believe Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth, what is going on and the extent of these misjudgments should be crystal clear to the regime.

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“It all adds up to the strategic miscalculation that Western leaders warned Putin there would be. It has become his personal war, and the cost is being paid by innocent people in Ukraine and, increasingly, by ordinary Russians as well.”

In addition to that, he said there are signs that Russian cyber attackers are “seeking targets” in countries that oppose Moscow’s actions. (Russian troops aircraft)

On top of that, he will say that Putin’s top advisers are too scared to tell him the truth about what is really going on in Ukraine, according to an advance copy of the speech.

Information is understood to be based on intelligence.

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