Putin has lost confidence in the Russian Defense Ministry – ISW

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Putin has lost confidence in the RF Ministry of Defense - ISW

The Russian leader as supreme the commander-in-chief issues conflicting orders and probably works directly with Russian commanders on the ground.

Failures of Russian partial mobilization may indicate that Russian President Vladimir Putin makes decisions bypassing the high military command and the Russian Ministry of Defense due to mistrust. This is stated in the report of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) for September 29.

“The deployment of mobilized in hotbeds of hostilities on the Kharkiv or Kherson front lines may indicate that Putin is working directly with commanders on the ground, who are likely to require reinforcements, rather than following standard military practice (which is also required under Russian law).ISW emphasizes that earlier the Russian President repeatedly bypassed the chain of command when making decisions regarding the course of a “special military operation” in Ukraine, probably due to a loss of confidence in the country's Ministry of Defense.

It is noted that the Kremlin continues to violate its declared procedure for partial mobilization and contradicts its own reports, admitting systematic failures only eight days after its announcement.

Analysts believe that Belarus is unlikely to take a direct part in the war in Ukraine. At the same time, the country may be preparing to receive recently mobilized Russian military personnel.

“Putin continues to use his relationship with the self-proclaimed President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to deploy Russian military potential on Belarusian lands,” ISW concluded.


Recall that on September 21, the President of the Russian Federation announced a partial mobilization in the country. 300 thousand people plan to call.

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