5m ago06.03 EDT
Zelensky says “no lie can hide” Russia’s “full-scale weakness” amid mutiny
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said “no lie can hide” Russia’s chaos and said the armed mutiny showed “full-scale weakness” in the country.
Posting on Twitter, Zelenskyy said: “Everyone who chooses the path of evil destroys himself. Who sends columns of troops to destroy the lives of another country and cannot stop them from fleeing and betraying when life resists.
“Who terrorizes with missiles, and when they are shot down, humiliates himself to receive Shahed drones. Who despises people and throws hundreds of thousands into the war, in order to eventually barricade himself in the Moscow region from those whom he himself armed.
“For a long time, Russia used propaganda to mask its weakness and the stupidity of its government. And now there is so much chaos that no lie can hide it. And all this is one person, who again and again scares by the year 1917, although he is able to result in nothing else but this.
“Russia’s weakness is obvious. Full-scale weakness. And the longer Russia keeps its troops and mercenaries on our land, the more chaos, pain, and problems it will have for itself later. It is also obvious. Ukraine is able to protect Europe from the spread of Russian evil and chaos. We keep our resilience, unity and strength.
“All our commanders, all our soldiers know what to do. Glory to Ukraine!”
16m ago11.11 BST
Glued to their cellphones, millions of Ukrainians spent a sleepless night on Friday, after the head of the Wagner mercenary group declared war against his rivals in the Russian military, sparking an unprecedented political turmoil in Moscow— something Ukraine was craving for so long.
‘’Events are developing according to the scenario we talked about all last year’’, told the Guardian Mykhailo Podolyak, a key adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. ‘’The start of the Ukrainian counteroffensive finally destabilized the Russian elites, intensifying the internal split that arose after the defeat in Ukraine. Today we are actually witnessing the beginning of a civil war.’’
Since the beginning of the Russian full-scale invasion, Ukraine craved for Russia’s internal instability as a result of the conflict. On Saturday morning, when the news of the Wagner’s insurrection circulated across the country, plunging Russia into the very real threat of civil war, many struggle to believe it was real- until footage being shared online appeared to show Wagner troops with tanks and armoured vehicles surrounding government buildings in the Russian city of Rostov, where Prigozhin claimed to have taken over a Russian army base.
‘’Prigozhin’s group captures military facilities, headquarters and entire cities, meeting almost no resistance on their way, disarming random soldiers and policemen’’, said Podolyak. Putin declares Prigozhin a traitor and an outlaw and announces appropriate orders to the special services, but nothing happens — a management crisis, a de facto loss of power. At the same time, “Wagner” continues its march to Moscow. Ukraine continues to move along its own path. To the borders of 1991.’’
The question is not “if” Prigozhin coup benefits Ukraine; it clearly categorically does. The question is “how much” it benefits Ukraine, and how much it could potentially shorten this war.
Wagner was a significant source of offensive power for Russia. And no, it wasn’t just the convicts - although they were an important aspect - some of the best/most skilled soldiers on the Russian side, with the best equipment, were Wagner professionals.
That’s all gone.
And what is also gone is any lingering impression that Putin’s “special military operation” has made Russia safer. It’s brought chaos and insurrection - if not full scale civil war, to Russian streets.
Russians fighting Russians in Russian cities. All because of the war.