President-dictator Vladimir Putin ordered Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to stop the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by the beginning of October and return the initiative at the front to Russian troops to launch an offensive operation against larger cities such as Kherson, Odesa, Kharkiv or Dnipropetrovsk.
Business Insider writes about it.
According to the insider Telegram channel, Shoigu agreed with both of Putin's demands and promised to fulfill them.
Dictator Vladimir Putin's order explains why Russian occupation forces are launching frequent counterattacks, even if they come at a high cost to the Russian army.
"In the past, there have been instances where the Russian Ministry of Defense, fearing an imminent loss of Putin's favor, has stepped up its efforts to purge its military command, which offered honest but negative views and advice and claimed unattainable military goals at the expense of Russian forces," the article says.
For example, in July, a former high-ranking Russian general accused Shoigu of treason. He also claimed that he was dismissed from his post after he expressed concern about the problems faced by Russian forces on the front lines in Ukraine.
Former Russian General Ivan Popov noted that "the lack of counter-battery combat, the lack of artillery reconnaissance stations will lead to mass deaths and injuries of soldiers from enemy artillery."
Recall that the expert named the real reason why Putin ordered Shoigu to stop the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by October.