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    RUSSIA'S US ambassador has dropped hints about splits in the Kremlin hierarchy over the war in Ukraine amid coup rumours. Envoy Anatoly Antonov said America is secretly giving Vladimir Putin - who an ex-Brit spy has claimed is "seriously ill" - the terms of negotiations to halt the fighting. 4A Russian ambassador has hinted at splits in the Kremlin's hierarchy over Putin's warCredit: AFP 4Envoy Anatoly Antonov implied some inside the Kremlin’s power structures are ready to give up the fight in UkraineCredit: Reuters As Putin's invasion continues to falter in the face of stiff Ukrainian resistance, Antonov, 67, has implied that some of the tyrant's inner circle are ready to give up the fight. He hinted that some inside the Kremlin’s power structure want to move back invading troops and even “repent” - while stressing he was not among those willing to capitulate. It comes amid claims from Ukraine's spy chief Major General Kyrylo Budanov that a coup to remove Putin from power is "already underway". Senior diplomat Antonov - seen as a hardliner - said: "The Americans are...
    A COUP to boot "cancer-stricken" Vladimir Putin from power is already underway, Ukriane's spy chief has claimed. Major General Kyrylo Budanov, 36, believes the tyrant's calamitous war in Ukraine will hit a "breaking point" in summer and be over before the end of the year. 2A coup to remove Vladimir Putin from power is underway, according to Ukraine's spy chiefCredit: East2West 2Major General Kyrylo Budanov claims the war will be over before the end of the yearCredit: Sky News The official told Sky News that Putin will be ousted from office within this time as his invasion continues to stall in the face of stiff Ukrainian resistance - with rumours continuing to swirl about the Russian president's health. General Budanov said: "The breaking point will be in the second part of August. "Most of the active combat actions will have finished by the end of this year. "As a result, we will renew Ukrainian power in all our territories that we have lost including Donbas and the Crimea." Read more on PutinDOUBLE TAKE 'Cancer-stricken’ Putin's bloated face sparks claims his...
    Ukraine's spy chief last night claimed that a coup to remove Vladimir Putin is already under way and that Russia would lose the war by the end of this year. Major General Kyrylo Budanov, 36, said he believed a turning point in the conflict will come later this summer and will eventually see Putin ousted from office. 'The breaking point will be in the second part of August,' General Budanov told Sky News.  'Most of the active combat will have finished by the end of this year. It will eventually lead to the change of leadership of the Russian Federation. This process has already been launched. 'As a result, we will renew Ukrainian power in all our territories.' It was also claimed yesterday by an unnamed Russian oligarch that Putin is 'very ill with blood cancer'. The oligarch - who has close ties to the Kremlin and named only as 'Yuri' to protect his identity - claimed a number of the health problems Putin is believed to be suffering from are linked to him having blood cancer.  Ukraine's spy chief says that...
    PARANOID Vladimir Putin has stripped his leading spy agency of its intelligence-gathering role in Ukraine and handed over the responsibility to the alleged mastermind behind the Salisbury Novichok poisoning. Ukrainian-born Lieutenant General Vladimir Alekseev commanded the officers responsible for the 2018 nerve agent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. 7Putin crony Vladimir Alekseev is taking over Russian spying missions in Ukraine 7Alekseev is alleged to have masterminded the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia SkripalCredit: Rex 7Putin is said to be furious at the incompetent intelligence-gathering of his spiesCredit: Getty The decision to remove the Federal Security Service (FSB) from its position in Ukraine comes in the face of increasing military blunders by the Kremlin's forces in the conflict, which have been blamed on Putin's top spies. Their replacement, Lt Gen Alekseev, is a leading officer of a heavily militarised branch of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), and he will command Russia's spy operations in Ukraine. Alekseev is believed to have orchestrated the 2018 Salisbury poisoning of ex-Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Three...
    The U.S. intelligence community has assessed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is prepared to dig his heels in in the war in Ukraine and let it drag on for some time—and along the way, Putin might start resorting to extreme measures to ensure Russia wins out in the end, top U.S. spies warned Tuesday. The next steps Putin might take could include escalating domestic measures that could contribute to the war effort, such as instituting martial law, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Avril Haines warned in a Tuesday briefing. “The uncertain nature of the battle... combined with the reality that Putin faces a mismatch between his ambitions and Russia's current conventional military capabilities likely means the next few months could [be] more unpredictable and potentially escalatory,” DNI Haines told senators. “The current trend increases the likelihood that President Putin will turn to more drastic means, including imposing martial law, reorienting industrial production, or potentially escalatory military actions to free up the resources needed to achieve his objectives as the conflict drags on.” The assessment, which Haines delivered to...
    Washington (CNN)The US intelligence community believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine is likely to become "more unpredictable and escalatory" in the coming months, the nation's top spymaster told Congress on Tuesday. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines painted a grim and uncertain picture of the next phase of Putin's two month-old invasion, which she told the Senate Armed Services Committee shows no signs of ending.Even if Russia is successful in the Donbas, where Moscow is currently concentrating its military efforts, "we are not confident the fight in Donbas will effectively end the war," Haines said. The intelligence community assesses that Putin is "preparing for a prolonged conflict in Ukraine, during which he still intends to achieve goals beyond the Donbas," she said. US intelligence officials warn China is working hard to be able to take over Taiwan militarilyRussia's moves over the coming months, as has been the case for the course of the war, come down to just one man: Putin. And his decisions are likely to become increasingly difficult for the intelligence community to predict over...
    Vladimir Putin is preparing for a 'prolonged' war in the Ukraine, President Joe Biden's spy chief warned on Tuesday, and he will grow more 'unpredictable' and 'escalatory' in his invasion.  U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines warned the fighting will grow worse and that Putin will expand his reach beyond the Donbass region in southeast Ukraine. 'The next month or two of fighting will be significant as the Russians attempt to reinvigorate their efforts,' Haines said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Lt. General Scott Berrier, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency Directory, described the war in Ukraine as at a 'stalemate.' 'I think I would characterize it as this. The Russians aren't winning. And the Ukrainians aren't winning. We're at a bit of a stalemate here,' he said in his testimony.  Vladimir Putin is preparing for a 'prolonged' war in the Ukraine, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, President Joe Biden's spy chief, warned
    The head of Ukraine's intelligence forces said on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin 'drove himself into a dead end' and that his war in Ukraine will end with his demise. In an extensive interview with The New Voice of Ukraine, Major-General Kyrylo Budanov, the chief of the Central Intelligence Agency (GUR) of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, said that Putin chose the "path of genocide" and that "all the problems of the Russian army have just emerged." Putin's failures, Budanov said, began on the day that his forces entered Ukraine, according to a translation provided by The Daily Beast. "It was a great PR. All they spent money on was to show the greatness of the Russian army in the world. Now everyone has seen - there is no greatness," Budanov remarked on Putin's pre-invasion bluster. "It is impossible to compare the military potential of Russia and Ukraine before the start of this phase of the war, which began on February 24: it is a ten-fold, and in some respects twenty-fold advantage of the Russian Federation. However, real hostilities...
    Ukraine's top military spy has suggested the only way Russia will stop its brutal invasion is if Vladimir Putin dies. Kyrylo Budanov said it is 'unrealistic' to expect the Kremlin to completely withdraw its forces from Ukraine. When asked if Putin could end the war alive, he told The New Voice of Ukraine: 'Leaving him a way to retreat is one of the strategies, but it is almost unrealistic.  Kyrylo Budanov (pictured) has suggested the only way Russia will stop its brutal invasion is if Vladimir Putin dies Budanov said it is 'unrealistic' to expect the Kremlin to completely withdraw its forces from Ukraine 'He is a war criminal for the whole world. This is his end, he drove himself into a dead end.' The spy chief did not propose any suggestions for how Putin might die. But he said he believes it could spark a political crisis in Russia, which could see the country divided up. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Russia's strategic incompetence in Ukraine has left its... Putin's 'Doomsday' plane which allows...
    VLADIMIR Putin could be killed in a coup over the shambolic Ukraine invasion as spy bosses turn on the weak and sickly tyrant, a former US general has warned. General Jack Keane said Putin will "do anything" to stay in power as he knows the alternative would be his "demise". 7Fears of a coup to overthrow Vladimir Putin are mountingCredit: Getty 7Former US general Jack Keane said Putin has 'no future' beyond being the Russian presidentCredit: FOX NEWS 7Russian service members take part in a rehearsal for the Victory Day paradeCredit: Reuters The former Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army told Fox News: "He's all about staying in power. That's his motivation. He will do anything to stay in power. "The alternative, he knows full well, by a successor who doesn't agree with him, could mean the end of him - his demise. "He's fighting to stay in power and he's determined, I think, to still accomplish his goals even though his focus is in the south [of Ukraine]. "He still wants to take the...
    The only way Russia’s war in Ukraine ends is with Russian President Vladimir Putin dead, Kyrylo Budanov, Ukraine’s top military spy, said Monday. “Leaving him a way to retreat is one of the strategies, but it is almost unrealistic,” Budanov said when asked if Putin could end this war alive. “He is a war criminal for the whole world. This is his end, he drove himself into a dead end.” “Don't worry, Ukraine will win,” Budanov said, speaking during an interview The New Voice of Ukraine released Monday. Once Putin is somehow offed—and Budanov does not offer up any potential details of how an ouster or assassination may happen—the future of Russia could go one of two paths. First, Russia could be divided into multiple parts, Budanov opined. The other option, however, could lead to the “relative preservation of the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation when changing the country's leadership,” he said. President Joe Biden, too, has suggested that Putin should not remain in power. “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” Biden said in remarks...
    VLADIMIR Putin is set to undergo an operation for cancer and will hand over power to his hardline spy chief, a Kremlin insider has reportedly claimed. The Russian tyrant’s health has been source of considerable speculation amid reports that he is battling both abdominal cancer and Parkinson’s Disease. 3Vladimir Putin will undergo surgery for cancer, it has been claimedCredit: AP 3Security boss Nikolai Patrushev will be in charge, says the a Kremlin insiderCredit: Getty But now it has been reported that the 69-year-old Putin could soon vanish for as he goes under the knife with power transferred to Nikolai Patrushev. Shadowy Patrushev, 70, is seen as a key architect of the Ukraine war strategy and the man who convinced Putin that Kyiv was awash with neo-Nazis.  The claim was reported on Russian media outlet General SVR, which first raised issues of Putin’s health around 18-months ago. They quote an anonymous former high-ranking Kremlin military figure as saying: “Putin has discussed that he will be undergoing medical procedures.” READ MORE ON VLADIMIR PUTIN WAR CRY Putin 'to declare all-out war on...
    SPY-DRONES have found a massive “tank graveyard” ten miles inside Russia — further underlining the scale of Vladimir Putin’s battlefield losses. Reconnaissance flights carried out by a Ukrainian intelligence unit based in a secret bunker near the border filmed dozens of badly-damaged military hardware dumped in a field. 6Spy-drones have found a massive 'tank graveyard' ten miles inside Russia 6The discovery further underlines the scale of Vladimir Putin’s battlefield losses Satellite pictures confirmed there were no vehicles at the site at Golovchino village when Putin unleashed his invasion on February 24 and only a handful on March 17, as the botched invasion faltered. The Sun was granted exclusive access to join the Ukrainian team who launch their Leleka drone daily into Russian airspace with a catapult. The Ukrainian-built device, which has a 6ft wingspan, can fly for up to two-and-a-half hours. We counted 57 military vehicles on the feed beamed back, including at least 17 battle tanks. They appeared to be T-72s and more modern T-90s. Read more on UkraineLEFT TO ROT Monster Putin plots to STARVE Ukraine heroes by...
    THE family of the captured Brit hero Aiden Aslin have furiously denied Russian claims he is a spy and have called on the Foreign Office to take action. It comes after Kremlin vowed to ignore the Geneva Convention on Prisoners of War and insisted he is "a mercenary". 5Aiden was paraded by Russian state mediaCredit: Twitter 5Nathan fears his brother will be treated as a spyCredit: SWNS 5The brave soldier was pictured battered and bruisedCredit: Twitter The 28-year-old from Newark, Nottinghamshire, surrendered after his unit ran out of food and ammunition in the besieged city of Mariupol. The former care worker was humiliated on Russian TV after he was captured by Putin's troops as he was pictured handcuffed, battered and bruised. Aiden who was serving with the 39th Brigade Ukrainian Marines and had previously fought ISIS in Syria is likely to be used for Russian propaganda, but could eventually be released as part of a prisoner exchange. And now his brother Nathan Wood has called on the Foreign Office to take action amid fears his brother will be treated as a spy. READ...
    The man who 'invented Putinism' has been detained in Russia and is under house arrest, say reports in Moscow. If confirmed, the move against Vladislav Surkov appears to show Vladimir Putin is turning on his inner circle, and also deep splits among his closest henchmen. Unconfirmed accounts say Putin's 'ideologist' is being held in a wide-ranging criminal probe that has also seen the arrest of 150 FSB agents. Vladislav Surkov (right), the man who 'invented Putinism', has been detained in Russia and is under house arrest If confirmed, the move against Surkov appears to show Vladimir Putin is turning on his inner circle, and also deep splits among his closest henchmen The case evidently involves the alleged embezzlement of $5 billion (£3.85billion) by the secret services to create an undercover and intelligence network in Ukraine. The shadowy Surkov, seen as crucial to Putin's long-running electoral success, was the man who encouraged him to believe Ukraine is not a real country. The 57-year-old is a former Kremlin insider, more recently a Putin point man in Ukraine. Before Putin sent troops into Ukraine,...
    Vladimir Putin launched a mass purge of 150 security officials last night as he prepared for a final military offensive in Ukraine. The officers from the FSB security service – successor to the KGB – have been removed from their jobs and some have also been arrested. The desperate Russian president is hunting for traitors after Western intelligence agents obtained his country’s battle plans before the invasion. He is also looking for others to blame after his military push fell short of a quick victory. It emerged last night that Colonel General Sergei Beseda, head of the FSB’s foreign intelligence unit, has been moved to Moscow’s high-security Lefortovo prison after being on house arrest. Colonel General Sergei Beseda, head of the FSB’s foreign intelligence unit, has been moved to a high security prison as it emerges that 150 security officials have been removed in a purge Putin is said to be tightening his grip on the security services, the successor to the KGB, as he prepares for a military push into Ukraine's Donbass region in an attempt to save the campaign...
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Demoralized Russian soldiers in Ukraine were refusing to carry out orders and sabotaging their own equipment and had accidentally shot down their own aircraft, a U.K. intelligence chief said on Thursday. Jeremy Fleming, who heads the GCHQ electronic spy agency, made the remarks at a speech in the Australian capital Canberra. Russian President Vladimir Putin had apparently “massively misjudged” the invasion, he said. “It´s clear he misjudged the resistance of the Ukrainian people. He underestimated the strength of the coalition his actions would galvanize. He underplayed the economic consequences of the sanctions regime, and he overestimated the abilities of his military to secure a rapid victory,” Fleming said. “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,” Fleming added. Although Putin´s advisers were believed to be too afraid to tell the truth, the “extent of these misjudgments must be crystal clear to the regime,” he said. Fleming warned that the Kremlin was hunting for cyber targets and bringing in...
    Jeremy Fleming, director of U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ, pictured in November 2019. Fleming delivered a speech in Canberra, Australia on Thursday in which he addressed the war in Ukraine.Joe Giddens | PA Images | Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin has misjudged the situation in Ukraine, but his advisors are scared of telling him the truth about what's happening on the ground, the head of Britain's intelligence agency said Thursday. "It increasingly looks like Putin has massively misjudged the situation. It's clear he misjudged the resistance of the Ukrainian people," Jeremy Fleming, director of U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ, said in a speech in Australia. Referring to the conflict in Ukraine as Putin's "personal war," Fleming said the Russian leader had also underestimated the economic consequences of the sanctions regime as well as Russia's military capabilities. "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," he said. "And even though we believe Putin's advisors are afraid to tell him the truth, what's...
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Demoralized Russian soldiers in the Ukraine were refusing to carry out orders and sabotaging their own equipment and had accidentally shot down their own aircraft, a U.K. intelligence chief said on Thursday. Jeremy Fleming, who heads the GCHQ electronic spy agency, made the remarks at a speech in the Australian capital Canberra. Russian President Vladimir Putin had apparently “massively misjudged” the invasion, he said. “It’s clear he misjudged the resistance of the Ukrainian people. He underestimated the strength of the coalition his actions would galvanize. He underplayed the economic consequences of the sanctions regime, and he overestimated the abilities of his military to secure a rapid victory,” Fleming said. “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,” Fleming added. Although Putin’s advisers were believed to be too afraid to tell the truth, the “extent of these misjudgments must be crystal clear to the regime,” he said. Fleming warned that the Kremlin was hunting for cyber targets and bringing...
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