RUSSIAN ARMY officers are said to be in “shock” as they struggle to cope with the demands placed on them by Vladimir Putin.
Putin is believed to have taken over the running of his military campaign in Ukraine, after losing patience with his generals. A senior EU source told Mujtaba Rahman, a managing director at the Eurasia Group, that the Russian despot had “now taken day-to day-control of the conflict”. The Russian President is reported to have given his weary officers a new ambitious task that must be fulfilled before the Victory Day celebrations on May 9th.
Putin has ordered his generals to capture the city of Kryvyi Rih, the birthplace of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky.
If the city, Ukraine’s second-largest by area and with a population of roughly one million, should fall, it would present the Russian leader with a major propaganda victory.
However, his officers have reportedly been left in dismay at the prospect of having to seize the city.
Social media user “UOI”, a frequent commentator on events in Ukraine, wrote: “Putin is demanding that Dvornikov take Kryvyi Rih, Zelensky’s homeland, by May 9.
General Aleksandr Dvornikov was placed in charge of military operations in Ukraine in April after Russia’s initial invasion stalled.
The general was charged with leading a new offensive in eastern Ukraine to capture the entire Donbas region
The Russian army, though, is struggling to make any major advances in its new offensive.
The Ukrainians continue to put up fierce resistance and have succeeded in slowing the Russian advance despite their inferior numbers – both in terms of troops and equipment.
The Ukrainian army has conducted tactical retreats and carried out various counterattacks in the Kharkiv region while inflicting heavy casualties on the Russian invaders.