Russian dictator Vladimir Putin refused to withdraw troops from Kherson, despite the requests of the commanders, and personally engaged in the strategic planning of the war against Ukraine. It is reported with reference to American officials The New York Times.
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The Americans report that Putin rejected his commanders’ request to withdraw troops from Kherson to the left bank of the Dnieper, as it would be a humiliating public defeat for the dictator. It is noted that Putin is focused on winning at any cost and tells commanders that strategic decisions on the ground should be made by him personally.
While Putin accepted some of the military’s recommendations, including mobilization, his involvement in the decision-making has created tensions, US officials said. The dictator’s opposition to the withdrawal of troops from Kherson led to a decline in morale among the military, who were cut off from supplies.
In addition to blocking the retreat from Kherson, Putin has questioned efforts to strengthen the defense of the occupying forces on the left bank of the Oskol River in the Kharkiv region – he opposes a retreat in this place, as he does not want to give the president Vladimir Zelensky anything that looks like a win.
US officials say Russian officers are divided over how to respond to Ukraine’s counteroffensives, with some saying Putin’s directives should be resisted and others that the dictator’s orders can be followed.
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