VLADIMIR Putin’s angry army chiefs have urged him to wage a full-scale war on Ukraine in “payback” for the chaotic invasion, officials have warned.
Military bosses have now urged Putin to drop the term “special operations” used for the invasion and instead declare war on Ukraine – which would allow for the mass mobilization of Russian troops.
All-out war would allow Moscow to conscript more conscripts, impose martial law, and also enlist support from its international allies – like Belarus.
That said a source close to Russian military chiefs The Telegraph: “The military is outraged that the attack on Kyiv failed.
“The people in the army seek revenge for past failures and they want to go further in Ukraine.”
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace warned Putin to stop Russia’s Victory Day parade on March 9 to announce the mobilization of its reserves for a final push in Ukraine.
He told LBC: “He will probably explain … that we are now at war with the Nazis of the world and we need to mobilize the Russian people en masse.
“Putin, who has failed on almost every goal, could be trying to consolidate what he has… and just be a kind of cancer in the country.
“We need to help the Ukrainians effectively get the burrs off the rock and maintain the momentum that’s pushing them back.”
And ex-NATO boss Richard Sherriff warned that the West must “prepare” for a “worst-case scenario” with Russia in Ukraine.
He told BBC Radio 4: “The worst case scenario is a war with Russia.
The powerful Russian “siloviki” – or security blocs – have reportedly blamed Putin for a “grave mistake” after he pulled out of the capital Kyiv and concentrated Taking control of the Donbass in the east.
Thousands more Russian troops have poured into eastern Ukraine – but they are making limited progress.
It is believed that Putin’s military chief, General Valery Gerasimov, is now going to the front lines to bring “urgency” and “authority” to the fighting troops.
“There are credible reports that he will continue,” a Western official reportedly said.
“Overall, it shows the continuing challenges of leadership and control that the Russians have.”
“DWARFS IN THE KREMLIN”
Igor Girkin, a retired military intelligence officer who led separatist forces in eastern Ukraine in 2014, has criticized Moscow’s “failures” in Ukraine.
In an online post, he said, “What else has to happen before the midgets in the Kremlin realize they are in an all-out, hard war and start acting accordingly?”
And Alexander Arutyunov, a retired Russian commander and usually a pro-Kremlin blogger, said: “Vladimir Vladimirovich, can you please decide: do we fight or do we play around?”
The ex-commander of military intelligence said: “Beat them everywhere, completely destroy all their airfields.
“Turn them into lunar craters, so not a single plane with a Bayraktar [military drone] can take off.
“We have to destroy all their railroad lines with rockets so big they spend years fixing them…
“If I get it, why don’t your top people get it? That’s a mystery to me.”
Russia analyst Alexey Muraviev has previously warned that Putin faces a possible coup within his military and intelligence agencies.
Mr Muraviev told Sky News Australia the coup could come because they wanted to try to win the war – not to stop aggression in Ukraine.
He said: “I think there have been tensions between Russia and the secret services and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Because clearly a clear error of judgment was made, probably driven by Putin himself in relation to the situation in Ukraine.
“About the initial planning and the initial stages of the invasion, where the Russian military naturally assumes that they are going there as liberators, not invaders.
“I think that kind of false narrative was presented to them by the supreme commander and when they fired back when the Russians started taking heavy casualties, Putin started quietly blaming the security services.
“Which, in my opinion, didn’t go really well, also because he comes from the security apparatus.”
It comes as Britain announced it will send around 8,000 of its troops this summer – the largest deployment in Europe since the Cold War – to take part in exercises across Eastern Europe.
British troops are joined by tens of thousands of soldiers from NATO and the Joint Expeditionary Force alliance.
Mr Wallace said: “The security of Europe has never been more important.
“In these exercises, our troops will join forces with allies and partners across NATO and the Joint Expeditionary Force to demonstrate solidarity and strength in one of the largest joint operations since the Cold War.”
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