The ukrainian counteroffensive in the northeast of the country this weekend, which has led to the withdrawal of Russia from dozens of cities and the liberation of hundreds of occupied kilometers, has led to retaliation in the Russian Army, with movements such as the dismissal of the lieutenant general of the western group of the Armed Forces, and that they are listening criticism of Vladimir Putin stronger than ever since the invasion began.
The bewilderment that this blow to its plans has meant for Russia caused even public television to speak openly of a disaster that, however, had been silenced in the war reports of the Ministry of Defense. “It’s been the hardest week on the front since the “Special Operation” began, presenter Dimitri Kisseljow said this Sunday on the news program Westi Nedeli on public television Rossija 1. The journalist openly spoke about the “heavy losses” in the Russian Army. He did not admit, however, that there had been a “withdrawal” but instead spoke of a “regrouping” of the troops in the east of the country.
International media point out how during the weekend, while Putin visited a fair in Moscow apparently oblivious to what was happening, outrage spread among supporters of the war, who demanded more forcefulness from military commanders in blogs and social networks.
Councilors ask Putin to leave
This Monday, criticism of the regime has jumped into the political sphere: at least 84 councilors from all over Russia, Many of them from St. Petersburg and Moscow have supported a public call for Putin’s resignation. In the letter, they demand that the Duma accuse the Russian president of high treason for initiating the invasion of Ukraine. “More and more deputies are joining the demand that Vladimir Putin resign,” Dmitri Paliuga, author of the initiative and municipal deputy in St. Petersburg, told the media. Among the signatories are representatives from all over the country.
On Twitter, Paliuga stated that he had been summoned to appear before a St. Petersburg district court on Tuesday for allegedly discrediting the Russian president, although he also stressed that he had received great citizen support in his district, Smólninski.
The purpose of the petition is for Putin to be deposed: “In our opinion, with the beginning of the special military operation on the territory of Ukraine in the actions of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, there are indications of a crime contemplated by article 73 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, high treason“, they point out.
According to the request, Russian citizens have been dying since the beginning of the hostilities, the national economy has deteriorated, and an investor and brain drain is taking place. In addition, NATO has been extended to the east and, due to the president’s decision, the border between Russia and the Atlantic Alliance has doubled with the entry of Finland and Sweden.