Nile Gardiner, a foreign policy expert who worked as an adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, said in a new interview that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “very angry man” seeking revenge after a series of military failures in Ukraine could seek .
Gardiner made the comments in an article published in Express.co.uk on Saturday about Russia’s ongoing war with its eastern European neighbor. However, the foreign policy expert said he does not believe Putin will go so far as to use nuclear weapons, a prospect the Kremlin has repeatedly warned against.
“Most of the Russian rhetoric about the use of nuclear weapons is aimed at intimidation,” he told the news agency. “This is just classic Russian propaganda we see here, where they are making all sorts of threats and trying to split the Western alliance.”
Still, Gardiner added that the Russian leader should not be “underestimated”: “Putin is a very angry man these days, always thinking of revenge and all sorts of things.”
His comments come more than three months after Putin sent over 100,000 troops to Ukraine for a so-called “military special operation.” Since then, Ukrainian officials have said the bloody war has resulted in the deaths of thousands of Ukrainian civilians and troops and displaced more than 8 million people from their homes.
However, Russian troops have met stiff resistance and have so far recorded few successes. At the start of the invasion, the Russian military failed to take the capital, Kyiv, and was quickly forced to retreat. Russian troops have since focused their efforts on the southern and eastern regions of the country, but have suffered significant casualties.
Ukrainian officials have estimated that about 20,000 Russian soldiers have died, while at least a dozen of the country’s top military generals have been killed. news week previously reported.
Earlier this month, the Russian military was faced with a disastrous attempt to cross the Seversky Donets River in eastern Ukraine that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of soldiers and highlighted how another vital mission went wrong. Meanwhile a new one news week The report showed that Russia’s aerial warfare has not paid off, even though it has fired more missiles at Ukraine than any other country since World War II.
The military fighting has also resulted in a shortage of Russian troops and low morale among those at the front. In some cases, Russian soldiers have reportedly stopped taking orders and even sabotaged their own vehicles to avoid fighting.
“There are good reasons for the low morale on the Russian side. The war is not going well. Its purpose is unclear, and fighting a war against a neighbor who is easy to communicate with is psychologically draining for soldiers,” Michael said Kimmage, Catholic University history professor and former member of the State Department’s planning staff news week earlier this month.
Amid such casualties, Russian politicians and media figures have circulated threatening messages about the possible use of nuclear weapons. Earlier this week, Aleksey Zhuravlyov, leader of the nationalist Rodina (Motherland) party, seemed to imply that Europe would be more likely to be “reduced to ashes” before Russia loses its war. Putin has not specifically said the country is planning a nuclear attack, but several Western officials have warned that it may be necessary to prepare for such actions.
The war has been repeatedly condemned by the US and other western nations, which have imposed significant sanctions on Russia and provided arms and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
https://www.newsweek.com/putin-angry-man-focused-revenge-after-ukraine-war-failures-gardiner-1711148 Putin’s “Angry Man” focused on “revenge” after failure of Ukraine war: Gardiner