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Two top brass in the Russian military have been secretly recorded and can be heard insulting Vladimir Putin over the invasion of Ukraine and the retreat from Kyiv, it has been claimed.
Russia failed to make quick grabs of territory in Ukraine when it first invaded the country on February 24, and that failure appears to have sparked dissent among Russian ranks.
So far, Russian forces have changed strategy and withdrawn from the north of Ukraine and are now focusing on the eastern parts of the country.
But two top military officials have blasted Putin over his forces failure to take the capital of Kyiv in an allegedly bugged call by Ukrainian intelligence services.
The call featured Colonel Maksin Vlasov and Colonel Vitaly Kovtun, who allegedly had harsh words for the Kremlin leader.
Kovtun can be heard saying: "A f***ing rocket should fly into (Ukraine’s Parliament) in Kyiv. That’s it f*** it. Why didn’t (a rocket) f***ing fly? I don’t f***ing get it, you’re f***ed, Putin motherf*****.
"Why didn’t a rocket fly into Kyiv…. Something hasn’t been done the right way."
The alleged call was broadcast by Radio Free Europe's Ukrainian service, with the furious tirade believed to have taken place on April 14.
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The two military men also attacked Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, who Vlasov called "incompetent", saying also that their army had made "horrible losses".
Russian forces have lost thousands of troops and vehicles during the war in Ukraine, with claims over poor strategy and a lack of organisation, The Mirror reports.
Vlasov and Kovtun can also be heard allegedly agreeing that the war is being led by "bootlickers," and that the salaries of the soldiers fighting in the war are poor.
It is reported that troops are given 30,000 rubles (£381) a month for their service in the military.
Kovtun reportedly said: "(There are) no contracted forces. Of course not! Why would there f***ing be? They paid them 30,000 rubles (£381), where are they going to get contractors?"
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