The End of Vladimir Vladimirovich and What Happens to Ukraine When the Public Finally Finds Out

Putin’s Death Will Be Kept a Secret

MI6 sources claim Vladimir Putin may already be dead amid speculation about the Russian leader’s health. The Daily Star reported that a body double may have been used for recent appearances, as Kremlin cronies would be keen to cover up his death in an attempt to cling on to power….

… One intelligence source said: “Putin is very ill and when he dies his death will be kept secret for weeks, if not months. “There is also the possibility that he is already dead. It’s impossible to know.

“It is believed that Putin has employed body doubles in the past when he has been unwell and the Kremlin could be doing so now. Putin is the head of a small group of senior officials who are completely loyal to him.

“The real fear (for his cronies) is that once his death is announced there could be a Kremlin coup and Russian generals will want to withdraw from Ukraine. Putin’s death will leave them powerless and vulnerable so they have a vested interest in saying that Putin is alive – when the reverse could be true.”

Eight Signs of Vladimir Vladimirovich…

Unrest is already growing inside Russia, while in Ukraine the population is united in the firm determination to drive out the invader from the pre-2014 borders of Ukraine. When Russians discover that Putin has died, the growing unrest and instability inside Russia’s borders will bring about a number of changes. Unfortunately the chances that Russia will become even more tyrannical after the death of Putin are probably at least equal to the chances that Russians may finally experience a slight breath of freedom.

Russian Forces Near Bakhmut Continue to Experience Fierce Resistance

Russian forces in Bakhmut may be nearing culmination as Russian forces in Kherson did in August 2022. Russian combat losses are likely forcing the Russian military in the Bakhmut area to use squad-sized assault groups. Ukrainian Eastern Group of Forces Spokesperson Colonel Serhiy Cherevaty reported on December 27 that Russian forces in the Bakhmut area are no longer operating as company and battalion tactical groups and are instead operating in smaller groups of ten to fifteen servicemembers (squad-size organizations).[27] Russian forces similarly degenerated from company and battalion tactical groups to individual squad-sized groups when Russian units in Kherson Oblast became markedly degraded in August 2022.[28] ISW assessed at the time that the Russian military’s use of squad-sized groups in Kherson Oblast indicated that the Russian offensive had culminated as Russian ground forces were degraded so badly that they could no longer operate elements at echelons high enough to make meaningful gains.[29] The Russian military’s rate of advance in the Bakhmut area has recently slowed amidst growing personnel and munitions constraints that will likely prevent it from maintaining a high pace of offensive operations in the area in the near term.[30] The Russian military’s reported use of squad-sized groups is likely a result of prolonged attritional warfare and indicates the degradation of larger doctrinal formations above the platoon level. Russian rate of advances in the Bakhmut area will likely decrease if Russian forces continue advancing at all unless significant new reinforcements and supplies of artillery rounds arrive soon

Institute for the Study of War

Putin started a war in February that has turned very ugly here in December. It remains to be discovered whether there is enough wisdom remaining inside Russia after Putin’s death, to reverse the corrupt and decadent Russian security forces mindset which has brought Russia to such a rapidly decaying impasse.

Russia Prepared for This War

But Russia was unprepared for a long war of attrition, with external economic sanctions that would eventually prove ruinous for the fragile Russian economy. Sanctions continue to ratchet up and the people of Russia feel the pain.

With the death of Putin, Russians will begin to wonder if all of this pain is accomplishing anything in terms of helping the future of Russians.

Russia has always been a closed society, which often makes it difficult for outsiders (and frequently for insiders) to know what is really happening in the Kremlin. Eventually, Putin will die and the huge mess he has made will have to be faced by the country he has so badly mismanaged.

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