Brave plot Expert outlines how Ukraine can bring about Putin’s downfall

Russia: Expert on ‘bringing about Putin’s downfall’

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Major General Rupert Jones says Vladimir Putin can be toppled but the Russian system as it is now would complicate that effort. The Russian President seems to have had the backing of the Kremlin so far in his endeavour to conduct the war in Ukraine, despite some alleged turmoil in Russia. Vladimir Putin has reportedly grown worried about potential coup attempts as mysterious deaths among his inner circle have occurred in recent months.

For General Jones, coup attempts have so far failed because of the Russian system but a “brave coup” could ultimately overthrow Putin. 

Speaking to Times Radio, he said: “The Russian system under President Putin has made it very, very difficult for, we’ve seen that protesters, opposition leaders, it would take a very, very bold and brave plot to try and bring about Putin’s downfall. 

“So, again, you know, I think we should be cautious of dealing in fantasy and hope.”

However, another solution appears to be the battleground. In his war effort, Putin has tried to make gains in Ukraine. Though his troops have taken full control of the eastern Luhansk province, Ukrainians are now holding the line and could turn the tide, as the West’s weapons deliveries start to pour in.

Speaking of Russia’s military effort, Mr Jones said: “They’ve demonstrated their logistics are poor and they don’t have real logistics sophistication. And so, I think it’s entirely possible that they are losing momentum.”

UK intelligence suggests Russian troops are growing exhausted and that they might have to pause their operations soon, giving Ukraine possibly time to strike back.

Mr Jones said: “You know, perversely, it feels like it’s Ukraine who’s got the time. Ukraine needs to buy time to get more weapons in and slowly exhaust Russia.

“And it does feel as though that they are doing that. And, you know, we shouldn’t underestimate, since the Russians really doubled down on in the eastern provinces and went with very, very aggressive fires-based assault into the east, I’ve used a vast amount of ordnance.”

Mr Jones said: “They do not have limited ordnance. And they’ve demonstrated that the logistics are poor and they don’t have real logistics sophistication.

“And so, I think it’s entirely possible that they are losing momentum. And that may of course explain why Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister, is buying time by talking about a change in strategy and the fact that the provision of long-range weapons by America, Britain and others means that they’re going to change their aims and try and push further West.

“Again, of course, smoke and mirror because we know that earlier in the war, they were trying to take over the whole of Ukraine. And that push of Kyiv failed dismally.”

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During a late-night address to Ukrainians, President Volodymyr Zelensky said his national security team believes “we have a significant potential for the advance of our forces on the front and for the infliction of significant new losses on the occupiers.”

“We defined tasks in some tactical areas to strengthen our positions. And we also thoroughly worked out the issue of providing the troops with the modern weapons — the intensity of attacks on the enemy still needs to be increased,” Zelensky said.

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