“It is clear that he underestimated the resistance of Ukrainians. He also underestimated the strength of the coalition that his actions cemented. He underestimated the economic consequences of the sanctions regime and overestimated the ability of his army to secure a quick victory, “Fleming said in a speech to the parliament in Canberra, Australia.
According to him, the Russians even accidentally shot down their own plane, they are generally very poorly equipped and have low morale.
Since the beginning of the war, there have been reports that Russian soldiers are more than willing to surrender to both Ukrainian soldiers and civilians in some places. They claim that they had no idea that they would go to fight in Ukraine, they were told that it was an exercise. Many of them were conscripts.
Fleming also pointed out that Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell the president the truth. However, “the regime must already have a clear scope for the effects of these wrong decisions,” Fleming said. The Russian military leadership has repeatedly claimed that it is achieving its goals during a “special military operation,” as it calls the war in Ukraine.
On Tuesday, Moscow publicly identified the takeover of Donbas as a new target. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the troops would withdraw from Kiev.
The head of the British intelligence service GCHQ Jeremy Flemig
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In a speech at an Australian university, Fleming warned that Russia was attacking cyber targets and that the losses were being supplemented by mercenaries. Although large-scale cyber attacks from Russia were expected in advance, according to Fleming, they were never the main Russian weapons, they are ground combat.
Fleming’s criticism of Russian President Putin praised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He praised his “information operation”, which is very effective in combating Russia’s massive disinformation campaign spreading war propaganda.