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A Russian military commander, Igor Girkin, also known by his military pseudonym Igor Strelkov, has admitted that Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine has backfired. In a startling series of remarks on Russian television, the army veteran and former FSB officer confirmed that Ukraine had successfully launched a response against Russia. Mr. Girkin played a key role in the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and later led the separatist armed forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine.

He admitted that Ukraine’s surprisingly successful response will never feature in the Kremlin’s own reports on the war.

Mr Girkin told OSN TV: “29 days of ‘special military operation‘ have passed.

“Nowhere, in any direction, have strategic successes been achieved, only operational successes.

“Furthermore, the enemy is doing relatively well in mobilizing and starting to counterattack.

“This, of course, Konashenkov never mentions in his reports.”

Major General Igor Konashenkov is the main spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense and provides regular television updates on the progress of the Russian invasion.

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The former Russian spy agent added: “Unfortunately, I can say that my most pessimistic predictions that we will be drawn into a bloody, back and forth, long, exhausting and extremely dangerous war for the Russian Federation , have been fully justified at this time.”

Giorgi Revishvili, a defense expert at King’s College London, tweeted: “The infamous Igor Girkin (Strelkov) admitted that Russia has not achieved any strategic goals in Ukraine, only has some operational successes.

“He also noted that Ukrainian forces effectively mobilized resources, regrouped in a timely manner and launched counterattacks.”

Last week Mr Girkin’s adviser Igor Druz warned that President Putin could be forced to resign if he failed to take Ukraine.

Ukraine’s defense intelligence chief, General Kyrylo Budanov, said Moscow had been unable to “gobble up” the country.

He warned that President Putin wanted to split Ukraine in two, replicating the post-war divide between North Korea and South Korea.


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