US, UK suggest Putin not on same page with advisers, troops in Ukraine
Shannon Longworth: Remember this photo?
Evidently Vladimir Putin doesn’t trust his advisors.
And apparently he shouldn’t trust his military intel, either.
That’s based on insight from a British intelligence official on Thursday.
Jeremy Fleming | Heads U.K.’s Government Communication Headquarters: “We’ve seen Russian soldiers, short of weapons and morale, refusing to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft.”
Shannon Longworth: He made those comments just a day after the Pentagon reported…Putin may not be getting the full picture from his advisers about how his troops are performing in the war.
John Kirby | Pentagon Spokesperson: “If Mr Putin is misinformed or uninformed about what’s going on inside Ukraine, it’s his military, it’s his war. He chose it. And so the fact that he may not have all the context, that he may not fully understand the degree to which his forces are failing in Ukraine, that’s a little discomforting, to be honest with you.”
Shannon Longworth: Communication failure isn’t the only issue Russia’s military faces.
Ukraine’s state-wide power company announced Thursday that Russian troops left Chernobyl–the nuclear plant due–to radiation exposure.
Russia had taken control of it earlier in the war.
The U.N.’s chief nuclear watchdog visited a different plant on Wednesday…his purpose? To meet with officials about how to keep the country’s nuclear power facilities safe.