President Putin’s ambition is set to suffer a major setback as he’s faced with a lot of criticism following Russia’s troop’s easy withdrawal from Kharkiv following the Ukrainian military counter-offensive in the region.
The attack by the Ukrainian forces was said to be the biggest catastrophe since Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, in what President Putin tagged as “the Nazification of Ukraine”, in which (Putin) said, he wanted to free the Ukrainians from the grip of a dictator.
With slow progress in their military operation as perceived by western analysts based on the military influence of both Russia and Ukraine, Kremlin had countered their reports on the slow progress as they said, their military operation is going on the way it was structured.
Since Ukraine remains standing despite 7 months of going on a military duel with the second strongest military on earth, it became crystal clear that President Putin’s main reasons for invading Ukraine remain unanswered.
According to pro-Moscow, the invasion of Ukraine was perceived as a liberation effort for all Russians, but the little progress made by the Russian troops in recent months after Kyiv troops repel their attack on capturing the capital, Moscow troops have been on the low.
With uncertainty beclouded President Putin’s ambition in Ukraine after failing to capture the country in huge time despite gaining a supreme military advantage over their neighbors, many pro-Russian had started to question the ministry of defense on their failure.
Alexei Chadayev, a political loyalist to Kremlin believes that the structure of the Russian army as a whole has limited suitability for modern warfare. To him, the defect on the Russian side lies in the level of strategic thinking, the quality of understanding of the rhythm and logic of confrontation.
Pro-Moscow bloggers also accused the ministry of lack of accuracy, and their inability to put a strong defense against Ukraine’s counter-offensive which made the army retreat.
They accused the military of giving up too early, and also on their inability to put into consideration the people who had looked at them as a messiah, they challenge the superiority of Putin’s top military commander.
It’s also understood that disunity among the Russian forces is brewing up, as Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Chechen Republic, accused the Russian military command of strategic mistakes in the Kharkiv region, where they quickly withdraw from their strategic towns.
To Ramzan, there must be changes in the strategy for conducting the special operation.
While Putin’s ambition in Ukraine remains shaky, his political influence is said to be put into question by politicians in the country, calling for negotiation with Ukraine if victory remains uncertain.
They also accused the leader of sending the troops thousands of miles away without any full military backup both in arms, health care, food, and strategic advantage to their end.
Should the criticism continue on a bigger scale, the political influence of President Putin might be challenged by the opposing sides which might pose a lot of problems to the Russian leader.