On March 7, according to a whistleblower from Russia’s Federal Security Service, intelligence officers do not know anything about President Vladimir Putin’s plan to invade Ukraine.
The report described the war as a “total failure,” that only can be compared to the collapse of Nazi Germany. The FSB, the successor agency to the KGB, is led by General Alexander Bortnikov who is of Putin’s inner circle. They have known each other since 1970s when they both served in the KGB in Leningrad.
The FSB officers have been ordered to assess the impact of Western sanctions against Russia, but were told this was a hypothetical checking-box exercise. The analysis has to be written in a way that makes Russia the victor. Otherwise the officers would be questioned for not doing a good job. However, the report concluded that Russia has no way out. There is no possibility of victory, but defeat.
The report also said that Chechen leader and an ally of Putin’s, Ramzan Kadyrov, was infuriated with Moscow after his “hit squad” sent to assassinate Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was destroyed by Ukrainian force. Even if Zelenskyy was assassinated, Russia would still have no hope to occupy Ukraine.