President of Russia Vladimir Putin does not have a full understanding of the situation at the front in Ukraine and makes some decisions based on inaccurate data. The publication writes about it The Wall Street Journal.
According to information obtained by journalists from current and former US and European officials, as well as a former high-ranking Russian intelligence official, Putin personally telephoned the Russian frontline command in late September.
The publication states that when the poorly equipped Russian Armed Forces were surrounded in Liman by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the Russian president ordered them not to retreat and hold firm. As a result, on October 1, the Russian troops had to hastily retreat, leaving equipment and warehouses with ammunition.
It is noted that Putin has never served in the army, but his distrust of his own command pushes him to personally give orders to the Armed Forces.
The authors of the article claim that Putin’s entourage avoids telling him bad news, so he is systematically misinformed about the course of the war.
Every morning he receives a written report on the situation at the front. The report is prepared in such a way as to highlight the successes and minimize the failures. In addition, the information in the reports is usually late, as it is pre-processed by special services.
Sources told the publication that Putin’s closest entourage supports his belief in Russia’s victory, despite the human and economic losses. At the same time, a number of American officials told the WSJ that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find interlocutors in Putin’s circle who are themselves capable of adequately perceiving reality.
The WSJ writes that Putin is increasingly withdrawing into himself and narrowing the circle of confidants. According to journalists, the president of the Russian Federation often lectured his associates about his vision of Russia.
“They were left with the feeling that he was talking to himself,” said a Russian political consultant after speaking with Kremlin officials.