U.S. intelligence has reported that a member of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle confronted the Russian President over failures in his handling of the invasion of Ukraine.
According to the claim, that was deemed significant enough to be included in U.S. President Joe Biden’s daily intelligence briefing on Oct. 7.
In a rare move, the member voiced his concerns directly to Putin “in recent weeks,” the Washington Post reports.
The insider’s name has not been released to the public, but Washington has confirmed that this information is included in the intelligence report.
The full details of the confrontation have not been released either, although the Washington Post reported the disagreement as being “related to what the insider considered mismanagement of the war effort and mistakes being made by those executing the military campaign.”
“Since the start of the occupation we have witnessed growing alarm from a number of Putin’s inner circle,” a Western intelligence official told the Washington Post. “Our assessments suggest they are particularly exercised by recent Russian losses, misguided direction and extensive military shortcomings.”
Another senior Western official, who similarly wished to remain anonymous, said the disputes are “consistent with the way in which the campaign has gone for the Russians, and the atmospherics in the Kremlin. There are a lot of people who are convinced this isn’t going well or the right course of action.”
Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov acknowledged that disputes had occurred, telling the Washington Post: “There is disagreement over such moments. Some think we should act differently.”
But this is all part of the usual working process. “There are working arguments: about the economy, about the conduct of the military operation,” he added. “There are also arguments about the education system. This is part of the normal working process, and it is not a sign of any split.”
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