Kherson Withdrawal Fractures Putin's Clique
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has reported Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson has ignited infighting among pro-war figures and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine Daily reported.
Photo Insert: Kremlin insiders said Putin’s retreat is eroding confidence in his commitment and ability to deliver his war promises.
Kremlin insiders said Putin’s retreat is eroding confidence in his commitment and ability to deliver his war promises, ISW added.
Pro-war Russian ideologist Alexander Dugin has openly criticized Putin—whom he referred to as the autocrat—for failing to uphold Russian ideology by surrendering Kherson.
Dugin is the father of Maria Dugina, a Putin ideologue and surrogate, who was blasted to death as she drove her father’s car several months ago in Moscow.
British intelligence has tagged Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson as a “public recognition of its difficulties” on Dnipro River's west bank. Russia is still attempting to evacuate its troops from other areas of Kherson Oblast across the river to defensible positions on the east bank,” the UK Defense Ministry said.
“Kherson was the only regional capital city captured since February by Russian forces, so the withdrawal brings significant reputational damage,” the ministry said.
Ukraine’s National Resistance Center (NRC) has claimed that Russia stole 15,000 artworks from Kherson Oblast. NRC said Russian soldiers had robbed the Oleksiy Shovkunenko Kherson Art Museum, among others.