Putins top officials reckon war is lost and chiefs wont obey nuclear order

Top brass appear to be rebelling against Russian president Vladimir Putin after it was revealed some chiefs reckon the war in Ukraine is lost.

A possible coup against the Russian despot is a possibility, a Russian analyst has claimed, while the chances of a nuclear strike are receding after Putin loses trust of top security officials.

Leading security officials believe Putin will not be in power in three months time, Moscow expert and investigative journalist Christo Grozev has claimed.

Speaking to Radio Liberty, Grozev said: "I think that it is the informed elite within the security forces who understand that the war is lost."

Russian security officials understand Putin would need mass mobilisation to win the war, but that it would cause a "social explosion" in Russia, with others saying that "enough is enough" and it is "better not to waste" the lives of soldiers and officers.

Grozev said that Putin could give "the order to carry out" some "critical decisions" including the "use of nuclear weapons" but could meet with refusal from one or more of the "five hands" needed to launch Russia's deadly weapons.

Because of this, Grozev sees the chances of Russian nuclear weapon usage receding.

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Speaking of the receding danger of nuclear weapons, Grozev said: "If Putin decides to give an order to use nuclear weapons, he must be sure that everyone along the chain will carry out this order.

"He understands five hands…must press the buttons in sequence. If one [person] does not comply, then this will be a signal of insubordination.

"Whether Putin will be in power in three months is not clear to the security forces. Therefore, they cannot accept guarantees from him that he will ensure their safety."

Defence minister Sergei Shoigu as well as close Putin ally and defence staff Valery Gerasimov are two of the five hands needed to launch a nuclear missile strike.

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