Allegedly, Russian soldiers managed to shoot down their own aircraft while many others have reportedly sabotaged their own vehicles and equipment and even refused to follow orders, as stated by a top British intelligence official.
The Director of GCHG, Sir Jeremy Fleming, which is the UK’s Intelligence, Cyber and Security Agency, has stated that they will reportedly unveil the details as part of a speech that he is slated to give in Australia this Thursday.
“Demoralized Russian soldiers in Ukraine have accidentally shot down their own aircraft, sabotaged their own kit and refused to carry out orders,” Deborah Haynes with Sky News reported via a tweet. “The @GCHQ director will also say Wagner, the Russian private military company, is understood to be prepared to ‘send large numbers of personnel into Ukraine to fight alongside Russians.’ They will likely be used as ‘cannon fodder’ to try to limit Russian military losses.”
BREAKING: Demoralised Russian soldiers in Ukraine have accidentally shot down their own aircraft, sabotaged their own kit and refused to carry out orders, Sir Jeremy Fleming, director of the UK spy agency @GCHQ, will reveal in a speech in Australia on Thursday. 1/
— Deborah Haynes (@haynesdeborah) March 30, 2022
“Sir Jeremy is also set to say the risks are greater for China than Russia of the two authoritarian states being too closely aligned with each other. And he will reveal indications that Russian cyber attackers are ‘looking for targets’ in countries opposed to Russia’s war in [Ukraine],” she went on. “The @GCHQ director will say Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth about what is unfolding in Ukraine, according to an advance copy of the speech, which is taking place at the Australian National University in Canberra.”
“But ‘what’s going on & the extent of these misjudgments must be crystal clear to the regime.’ Missteps = misjudging [Ukrainian] resistance; underestimating strength of western response; underplaying economic consequences; over-estimating abilities of [Russia’s] military to secure quick win,” she stated “Revealing details about the state of the Russian military operation, Sir Jeremy is expected to say: ‘We’ve seen Russian soldiers – short of weapons and morale – refusing to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft.'”
These reports crop up in the wake of Haynes reporting, just last week, that Russian soldiers had killed one of their own brigade commanders, intentionally, due to the staggering number of losses that the group of soldiers had been forced to suffer.
“Colonel Medvechek, commander of 37 Motor Rifle Brigade, was run over by his soldiers,” she claimed in a tweet. “The brigade commander of one of the units was killed by his own troops…we believe, as a consequence of the scale of loss that had been taken by his brigade.”
Russia has seen the loss of approximately seven generals throughout the fighting, according to recent reports from this past week.
“Ukraine’s defense ministry says another Russian general, Lt Gen Yakov Rezantsev, was killed in a strike near the southern city of Kherson. Rezantsev was the commander of Russia’s 49th combined army,” stated the BBC in a report. “A western official said he was the seventh general to die in Ukraine, and the second lieutenant general – the highest rank officer reportedly killed.”