Putin Far More Likely to Be Toppled for Losing Ukraine War Than for Starting It

Moscow’s bloodthirsty dictator Vladimir Putin may actually be the “lesser monster” in charge of Russia, compared with those that may come after him.

Putin Not Extreme Enough for Russia’s Extremists

The likelihood that Putin may be brought down from power by some of his own kind has grown substantially, due to the latest Ukrainian military offensive.

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The Ukrainian offensive over the weekend routed the Russians, forcing at least 10,000 Putin troops to flee in a humiliating rush. Russia’s war losses have now reached, after 201 days of fighting, nearly 14,000 units of military equipment.

That is per the official Ukrainian government count, which, however, does not factor in the mercenaries from Putin’s private armies and Moscow’s proxies from the occupied territories.

If their casualties are also added, the total number of killed Russian fighters would hover around 100,000.

 

(Putin’s most prominent more extremist critic is ex-intelligence officer Girkin-Strelkov.)

Ominous Comparison with Russian-Japanese War of 1905

Furious Russian nationalist commentators have now dared to openly criticize Moscow dictator Putin and demand immediate changes in the Russian military in order to attack Ukraine anew and crush it.

Their reaction came after the Ukrainians managed to liberate several major logistic hub towns in the east, including Balakliya, Izyum, and Kupyansk. The latest reports mention even Vovchansk, which is very close to the Russian border.

Among those who are seemingly disgruntled was Putin’s ally and “spiritual son”, Ramzan Kadyrov, the President of the Muslim Russian Republic of Chechnya.

Kadyrov, who is known as a mass murderer, not unlike Putin, posted on Telegram an 11-minute video rant in which he demanded immediate changes. He threatened to “go to Russia’s leadership” in order to explain to it the situation on the ground in Ukraine.

The situation for Putin was made worse by the fact the routing of the Russians in Ukraine coincided with Moscow’s holiday, Moscow Day.

One of the biggest and most daring critics of the Russian dictator, a former intelligence officer who was instrumental in Putin’s first invasion of Ukraine back in 2014, Igor “Strelkov” Girkin, fumed about the defeat in the Kharkiv region.

In an ominous comment, Girkin even compared the rout to the Russian disaster back in 1905 in the Battle of Mukden in the Russo-Japanese War.

This caused a major revolution shaking the foundations of the Russian Empire’s monarchy and set the stage for the even more catastrophic Communist Revolution of 1917.

A prominent Russian military blogger who posts on Telegram under the nickname of Rybar was arguing this isn’t the “time to shut up” because doing so would hurt Russia’s “cause” to conquer Ukraine.

Russian war correspondent Semyon Pegov and Sergei Mironov, members of the rubber-stamp parliament in Moscow, called for a full-scale mobilization in order to crush the Ukrainians.

This article appeared in MorningPress and has been published here with permission.

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