Former Russian military commander who helped invade Crimea scraps Putin’s war speech as excluding all of Russia’s failures in Ukraine

President Putin of Russia.

President Putin of Russia.AFP by Ilya Pitarev/SPUTNIK/Getty Images

  • The former Russian commander canceled Vladimir Putin’s national address on Tuesday.

  • Igor Gurkin said in a Telegram that Putin never mentioned Russia’s “failure” in the war with Ukraine.

  • “Not a word about failure or defeat. Blah blah,” Gherkin said in the post.

A former Russian commander and prominent military blogger on Tuesday destroyed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s national speech on the Kremlin’s war with Ukraine, saying it blatantly ignored Moscow’s “failure” and “defeat” in the invasion. .

“So everything is clear. [the] Special military operations will, for one reason or another, continue in their current mode,” former Russian intelligence officer Igor Girkin, who played a key role in the 2014 annexation of Crimea, told Telegram criticizing Putin’s speech. said in a post.

Gherkin said, “No war or counter-terrorism operations have been declared and will never be. Listen now.”

In another Telegram post, Russians said they had “missed another chance to prevent chaos.”

poutine on tuesday submitted an annual address to Congress In Moscow just before and the day after the first anniversary of the Russian leader’s invasion of Ukraine US President Biden makes surprise visit to Ukraine’s capital Kiev at the cheering show.

In a two-hour speech, Putin defended the war with Ukraine, accusing the West of instigating the aggression, declaring, “They started the war and we used force to stop it.” . sky news.

As Gherkin points out, Putin did not acknowledge the major setbacks and heavy losses the Russian army faced during the war.

In recent months, Ukraine forced the Russians to abandon most of the occupied territories for a spectacular counterattack.

US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken on Tuesday called Russia’s war with Ukraine a “strategic failure”.

“One year after Putin attacked Ukraine, it is clear that his war was a strategic failure on all fronts,” Brinken told reporters in Athens, Greece.

Brinken continued, “No one wanted this war. No one liked this war. Everyone wants it to end as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, Mikhail Podlyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, also ripped up Putin’s speech. Tweet Russia’s leader has “publicly shown his indifference and confusion.”

Translated by Oleksandr Vynogradov

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