Putin’s inner circle witch hunt seeks out ‘guilty men’ behind Ukraine failure

Russian president Vladimir Putin has vowed to take action against his own inner circle as he looks to remove the “guilty men” responsible for his failed Ukraine invasion.

According to local sources, he is “incandescent” about the UK and US getting leaked Russian military plans.

And to make it worse for the despot, the plans have been sent on to Ukraine – which is partly why Ukraine didn't fall in Putin's predicted 72 hours.

This is also seen in part as the reason why top generals and his most elite forces have been targeted so effectively in Ukraine.

He is even beginning to question his close ally, the man behind Russia's youth army and the one leading the invasion overall, Sergei Shoigu.

His younger daughter Ksenia, 31, was seen posing in Ukrainian colours of blue and yellow recently.

Sources say Putin has started lashing out at Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian general staff, who has been spoken of as a stand-in leader should Putin fall in any possible coup.

Some believe he is planning for a deal he will sell as a Ukrainian “surrender” and a “victory parade” in Moscow in early May.

“He is incandescent that US and UK intelligence appear to know the Russian army’s next moves all the time, starting with predicting the invasion before he was ready to acknowledge it,” said one source.

The loss of more than half a dozen generals is seen as linked to these real time leaks of his military operation movements – one such general was found in nothing but his pants and socks yesterday.

Russian security expert Andrei Soldatov said military counter-intelligence is probing a Russian security service department.

“That could mean that, finally, people in Moscow started asking themselves why the U.S. intelligence was so accurate,” he told The New Yorker.

“Military counter-intelligence is mostly about mole-hunting, identifying the sources of leaks.

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“So it looks like now Putin is getting angry, not only with bad intelligence and the bad performance in Ukraine but also about the sourcing of the US intelligence about the invasion, and why it was so good before the invasion, and why the Americans knew so many things about what was coming.

“You have so many people now in jail."

But Soldatov does not expect a move by his inner circle to assassinate Putin, despite the increasing hostile treatment they face.

“I think now Putin is almost in no danger,” he told ZDF Heute in Germany.

“He has two security services, who are primarily responsible for ensuring that nothing happens to Putin personally.

“We know that he himself is a former intelligence officer, who understands the different risks.

“He often claims that he successfully survived from 12 to 13 assassination attempts on his life. In this sense, everything is safe for him.”

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